Frequently asked questions about our sustainability & responsibility policy
Why are the plastic pallets recycled in Belgium?Our factory in Belgium is one of only three in Europe with a pallet recycling facility adjacent to the manufacturing plant and is also the closest one to the UK. We control exactly where the materials are going and can guarantee that the plastic pallets are correctly recycled at a fully licensed facility, which we also monitor through regular visits. Working with our partners in Belgium, we can ensure that our plastic pallets are recycled into new plastic pallets, creating a continuous recycling loop! Returning the pallets to our Belgian factory, also ensures we know which plastics are being used to create the next wave of high standard long life plastic pallets.
Why do you create plastic pallets outside of the UK?The infrastructure and expertise required to produce heavy duty long lasting plastic pallets does not currently exist in the UK, whereas companies in Belgium, France, Germany and Holland, do have the expertise and have invested in their factories over the last twenty years, as they foresaw the rapid growth in demand for plastic pallets. For us, this means easy access to a wealth of expertise and production facilities, just a few hours from our office.
Can all of your plastic pallets and boxes be recycled?Yes. We are proud to say that all of our pallets, boxes and containers can be recycled. In fact, we offer a recycling guarantee which promises to take back any products you no longer require and recycle them for you.
Why plastic pallets and not wooden?
Cleaner, safer and more economic, we believe returnable plastic transit packaging is the superior choice for your supply chain.
Whether its plastic pallets, pallet boxes or small containers, just some of the benefits of going plastic, include:
- Designed for the application
- 100% size and strength consistency
- 10 times more durable than wooden pallets
- Maximum return on investment
- Recyclable, environmentally friendly
- Exempt from ISPM15 regulations
- Safer manual handling - no nails or splinters
- Suitable for hygienic areas
- Easy to wash and keep clean
- No mould or dust contamination issues
- Impervious to moisture, weak acids and alkalis
- Space and cost-saving
In terms of the environment, using plastic pallets in a recycled loop means we are reducing the need to cut down trees which take years to grow back and cause major deforestation. Now is a crucial time to be preserving our forests to halt the effects of climate change.
Why aren't all your products made from recycled plastic?Whilst 96% of our plastic pallets are made from recycled materials, the remaining 4% are produced in virgin material for a number of reasons. If the pallet is going to be used in an ultra-hygienic environment, and possibly be in physical contact with food or pharmaceutical products, then a virgin material is recommended. The colour of the pallet is another factor that needs to be considered. Recycled material normally produces a dark grey, almost black colour, but with virgin materials, the colour options are limitless, and under some circumstances, perhaps where the colour of the pallet is being used to identify and quarantine allergens like peanuts in a food factory, the benefit of using virgin materials becomes obvious… Reference: An analysis of the pallets arriving into our stock during a defined period in late 2018, showed 33636 pallet arriving of which 32305 (96.04%) were produced in recycled materials.
How do we ensure our plastic pallet and box distribution methods are as environmentally friendly as possible?All of our import transportation trucks are always loaded to the maximum possible weight and volume, to ensure they are running at their maximum efficiency. Wherever possible we also arrange that these trucks are fully loaded in both directions. In the UK, our distribution team works closely with a pallet delivery network to greatly reduce the “part loaded” miles of trucks running to their final destination.
What happens when a pallet reaches the end of its working life, or is damaged?Our pallets are designed to last for many years. When the pallet reaches the end of its working life or if they are damaged, you can send them back to us. We will ensure that they’re responsibly recycled at our partner’s facility in Belgium, all as part of the guarantee we give with every purchase of plastic pallets, pallet boxes, or small containers. Our recycling process protects this resource and allows the material to be used again to make more pallets, more pallets which can also be recycled again in future – continuing the cycle.
Are you an Accredited Exporter of Plastic Packaging Waste?We can give your old plastic pallets, boxes and crates a new lease of life by recycling them for you! If you no longer need your plastic pallets, boxes or crates, or they have come to the end of their long working life then we can help you make sure they are recycled in a sustainable way and do not end up in landfill. We can ship your used plastic pallets, boxes and crates to CABKA_IPS’s plant in Belgium – a specialist facility for making products from plastic packaging waste. Here they will be reground and mixed with regrind material produced from various plastic bottles, plastic lids and other household plastics along with business waste such as drinks crates and recycled plastic pallets. This then provides a new raw material that by means of intelligent design will be made into new sustainable plastic pallets, boxes and crates.