More companies join project aimed at reducing single-use pallets

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Marshalls, SISK, Countryside, Tobermore and the Wolseley Group have committed themselves to exploring how a circular economy pallet scheme could benefit their business, the environment, and the UK construction industry as a whole.

More companies join project aimed at reducing single-use pallets
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Marshalls, SISK, Countryside, Tobermore and the Wolseley Group are among the latest organisations to sign The Pallet LOOP’s charter.

The companies’ joint aim is to reduce the consumption of single-use pallets and switch the sector to a distribution model founded on the principles of recover, repair and reuse.

News of The Pallet LOOP’s launch has been warmly received across the construction sector as companies throughout the building materials supply chain look to step up their sustainability efforts.

Back in November, The Pallet LOOP announced its plans to transform the distribution of building materials nationwide. Aligned with the UK’s ambition of net zero by 2030, and due for operational roll out later this year, the organisation’s aim is to eliminate avoidable pallet waste in the construction by incentivising pallet returns via a cost-effective, easy-to-use, deposit-based system.

Estimates suggest that up to 10% of the construction waste stream is currently made up of pallets, which is costly from both a financial and an environmental perspective.

Every year an estimated 18 million pallets are manufactured for the UK construction industry, with less than 10% currently reused. The Pallet LOOP is on a mission to change this.

Delivering a more sustainable pallet distribution model, which is greener and leaner, the scheme is aligned with environmental targets set for the sector by UK Government, and the growing desire and need for businesses to adopt circular economy practices that are more environmentally friendly.

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