The Pallet Network (TPN), based in Sutton Coldfield, UK, has launched an innovative recycling scheme saving “substantial amounts” of waste from going to landfill, reducing its members’ costs and taking a major step in lowering the firm’s carbon footprint.
TPN’s new end-of-life pallet scheme will enable members to return pallets and other waste wood to the hub, where they will be handled and consolidated free of charge. The wood waste is then taken away to be processed into raw material for chipboard production and use in “modern” carbon-neutral power stations.
Mark Duggan, managing director of TPN, said: “This is a perfect example of our mutual benefit principle. The issues and costs associated with the disposal of expired pallets and other wood waste from deliveries have long been a problem for the sector. Broken pallets fill landfill sites all over the country, which is wasteful and bad for the environment.
“For some time, we have been working to identify a suitable solution that will both assist TPN members with a free-of-charge disposal option, and which also improves all of our green credentials by introducing intelligent recycling.
“Sustainable business means a lot of things. It means proper pricing, so we can afford to invest in clean vehicles and top-quality service. It means efficiencies and collaboration and mutual support and sharing resources.
“We believe in thinking differently and working together to find solutions that have previously been out of reach. We’re thrilled that TPN can lead the way in creating an environmental solution for one of our pallet network sector’s problems and we invite other companies to follow our lead.”