"Common Chassis Pools can help trucking companies save fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by minimizing unnecessary truck movements and idling associated with switching chassis. Drayage trucks using pooled chassis could save up to 0.8 gallons per trip reducing Nitrogen Oxide and Particulate Matter." - US EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership EPA Document 420-F-06-002
In addition to the motor carrier community spending less time idling and therefore minimizing fuel consumption and emissions, the marine and rail terminals have found that the use of a common chassis pool promotes a more efficient operation as confusion around which chassis and ocean container is eliminated and multiple trips of yard hostlers to position the correct chassis are reduced. This added terminal efficiency again leads to fewer emissions. A common chassis pool can also reduce the amount of land required to operate a terminal as fewer chassis are now required since they are interchangeable between the various customers. Fewer chassis on terminals require less land for storage, freeing up valuable real estate and slowing the need to expand the terminal 's footprint. CCM is committed to protecting the environment. CCM is a major customer of the American retread industry. By salvaging and recycling tire casings multiple times, CCM returns these casings to various American retreading companies where new tread is added and the tires are given a new life and installed once again on our chassis. While this retreading process saves the CCM members on their tire spend it also contributes significantly to the environment in two ways. The oil used in the retreading process is only a fraction of the oil used in the creation of a new tire thereby conserving a non-renewable resource. As retreads extend the useful life of the tires, millions of tires that would otherwise end up in landfills continue to be put to good use on the road.
CCM also holds its vendors and partners to high standards to ensure an operation that is as "Green" as possible.
Contractual language generally includes "Environmental Laws" referring to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and any "Super Fund" or "Super Lien" law, or any other federal, state, or local law, regulation, or decree regulating, relating to or imposing liability or standards of conduct concerning any petroleum products, any flammable explosives, radioactive materials, asbestos, used tires, etc.
Contracts will also contain language similar to the following:
The Facilities shall be kept free of Hazardous Materials, and shall not be used to generate, manufacture, transport, treat, store, handle, dispose of, or process Hazardous Materials. Except for small amounts of Hazardous Materials
necessary for the performance of the Services, Vendor shall not cause nor permit the use of Hazardous Materials in any Facility or a release of Hazardous Materials onto or from any Facility, or suffer the presence of Hazardous Materials on any Facility. Vendor shall at all times comply with and ensure compliance with all applicable Environmental Laws relating to or affecting the Facilities and the Services. Vendor has obtained and will at all times continue to obtain and/or maintain all licenses, permits and/or other governmental or regulatory actions necessary to comply with Environmental Laws (the "Permits") in connection with the Services, and the Vendor is, and will remain, in full compliance with the terms and provisions of the Permits. Vendor shall immediately give Manager oral and written notice if Vendor receives any notice from any governmental agency, entity, or any other party with regard to Hazardous Materials on, from or affecting any Facility and shall conduct and complete all investigations, sampling, and testing, and all remedial, removal, and other actions necessary to clean up and remove all Hazardous Materials on, from or affecting the Property in accordance with all applicable Environmental Laws.