Pallet supplier releases new stats to mark two years of ‘pioneering’ recycling scheme

TWO years after launching its plastic pallet recycling scheme, has released a range of statistics designed to ‘reinforce the longevity’ of its pallets.

Since launching the scheme in February 2019, the business said it has received ‘tremendous support and praise’ from customers for being the first plastic pallet supplier to act on recycling unused and retired plastic pallets and boxes. However, uptake remains ‘relatively low’ at just 0.56% of the company’s customer base.

Jim Hardisty, MD of, said, “The fact that uptake has been fairly low to date is a clear sign of the durability and long lifespan of our plastic pallets and boxes. When customers buy our heavy-duty plastic pallets for instance, they know they’re investing in a reliable product – one that will withstand the harshest working environments and last up to 10 times longer than a wooden pallet.

“Despite the tremendously challenging year we’ve all had, we’ve upheld our responsibility policy and not lost sight of our recycling goals. In November we widened our recycling scheme to take back and recycle any plastic pallets and boxes regardless of who supplied them – making it accessible to all pallet users. With this in mind we’ve set an ambitious recycling target for 2021 of more than 260 tonnes of plastic waste.

“We appreciate we have some way to go with increasing uptake to our scheme, but we’re proud of the progress we’ve made in just two years. Stopping expired plastic pallets and boxes going to landfill – or worse littering our countryside and oceans, is something we’re very passionate about. With our customers support we will continue to lead the way in this and driving further towards a circular economy.”

Since launching the scheme, said it has recycled more than 474 tonnes of plastic waste from customers’ used plastic pallets and boxes – a total of 77 full truck loads. Each load sent to CABKA-IPS’ recycling facility is returned to the UK with a full truck load of newly recycled plastic pallets and boxes.

The firm said that to put this figure into perspective, 474 tonnes of plastic could make 22,652 heavy duty 1210 pool pallets or 76,669 nestable 1210 pallets.