A retrieval and recycling scheme for pallets at cement manufacturer Cemex means the company is now re-using 20% of its pallets.
The scheme, launched a year ago, is designed to recover and reuse as many as possible of the 250,000 pallets that Cemex delivers a year to builders’ merchants.
Graham Russell, Cemex’s vice president commercial, logistics and building products, said: “In the UK, the cost of pallets has escalated. For economic reasons as well as environmental, it made sense to find a way to prevent all those pallets going to waste.”
The scheme also means builders merchants don’t have to pay to send the pallets to waste.
“The first year has been successful in keeping pallets in the system for several repeated shipments, though repairs and quality control become of increasing importance the longer they are in the system.”