SECTION 2 / PALLETS AND CONTAINERS
Three 'R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Pallet pooling, resuable containers help reign in waste.
By Carol Casper
One key attribute of sustainable business is reduced energy consumption. Another is solid waste reduction.
The latter, like education, rests on the "three Rs." In this case the Rs stand for: reduce, reuse, recycle.
Companies need to look for ways to reduce the amount of resources they use, particularly in the realm of disposable packaging. The rule is to use the least packaging necessary to accomplish the task.
Recycling wherever possible also helps to conserve non-renewable resources. Food distributors, particularly grocery wholesalers, have less latitude to affect the total amount of solid waste that is generated by the supply chain compared to manufacturers and retailers.
"They tend not to break cases, so they're not disposing of a lot of corrugated," Andy Saladin with ORBIS Senior Engineering Services points out. And most packaging activities are outside their sphere of operation. Stretch-wrapping of outgoing pallets is one area that is getting a second look, he notes.