Polaris Sets 90% Recycling Targets

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Minneapolis-based offroad vehicle (ORV) manufacturer Polaris Inc. has set a target date of 2035 for achieving the use of 90 percent recycled content in its ORVs produced that year. The new goal joins an existing Polaris goal to also have 90 percent of its ORV components be recyclable that same year.

The 90 per cent recycled-content goal was announced in Polaris’ recently released 2022 Geared For Good environmental, social, and governance (ESG) report.

In addition to the recycling-related target, other new environmental goals focused on the year 2035 announced by Polaris include diverting 90 per cent of waste from landfills and reaching 75 per cent renewable energy in its global portfolio.

“Polaris is passionate about helping people discover and experience the outdoors,” says Lucy Clark Dougherty, senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary at Polaris. “We are grateful to be able to ride and Think Outside and will continue to be good stewards through our ongoing actions that bring our Geared For Good efforts to life.”

Polaris says it has already increased the amount of renewable energy in its portfolio through solar projects in France and China. The company says it also began implementing energy management best practices at eight United States-based facilities.

In its 2022 ESG report, the company says one of its principles is “reducing waste and pollutants, conserving resources, and recycling materials at every stage of the product life cycle.”

In 2022, Polaris says more than 34,300 tons of discarded materials were recycled or otherwise diverted from landfills at its facilities around the world.

To measure and ultimately meet its ORV recycled-content and recyclability targets, Polaris says in its 2022 ESG report that it does not currently compile information on its products’ recycled content. In terms of recyclability, it says such data is only gathered in the European Union, “where the end-of-life vehicle law requires Polaris to have programmes to retrieve and recycle certain types of our vehicles.”

Polaris brands, in addition to Polaris ORVs, include Sportsman all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian motorcycles; Slingshot moto-roadsters; Aixam quadricycles; Goupil electric vehicles; and Bennington pontoon boats.

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