Kevin Bond, Somerlap’s MD, explains that: “Like many companies, Yeo Valley accumulates wooden pallets that are unsuitable for shipping finished products to their customers - they just clutter up their sites and become a real nuisance. We now buy and collect these unwanted pallets and take them back to our nearby recycling facility in Mark.”
Those in a salvageable state are repaired and restored to their original condition, then sold on. All those that are irretrievably damaged go to Somerlap’s newly installed £130,000 chipper where they are shredded, at a rate of over 300 pallets an hour, into fragments for use as fuel, ground cover and chipboard.
Yeo Valley is delighted - the unwanted pallets, previously a major nuisance, are now turned into a valuable source of revenue. The cost of disposal is entirely removed and, equally important, the company can protect its environmental credentials by demonstrating that it operates a sustainable recycling process.