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CEMEX relaunch merchant pallet recovery service

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Company extends commitment to waste reduction and circular economy with relaunch of nationwide scheme

CEMEX are extending their commitment to waste reduction and the circular economy by relaunching their nationwide merchant pallet recovery service.

The CEMEX pallet recovery scheme aims to reduce timber waste in the supply chain and make greater environmental efficiencies, as part of the company’s ‘Future in Action – Committed to Net Zero CO2’ climate action strategy. 

Under the scheme, all reusable wooden pallets are collected free of charge by ELM, CEMEX’s designated pallet collector, who refurbish and return the pallets to CEMEX UK Cement for reuse. Any pallets damaged beyond repair are recycled.

Nationwide collections are available within 10 working days, on average, from request, with capacity for up to 250 pallets (550 pallets for an articulated vehicle) per load but can be as few as 50 pallets.

‘We want to make life easier for our merchants to work with us to reduce waste,’ said Graeme Barton, national sales manager for packed cement at CEMEX. ‘We’d like to make pallet recovery part of the standard delivery process, as many pallets still end up in landfill.

‘It is increasingly costly to dispose of pallet waste and there is far greater value to be gained by recycling and reuse. Rising timber costs, combined with pallet shortages, means there is a heightened need to conserve and maintain pallets throughout the supply chain. Recovery is considerably more cost-effective than buying new replacements.

‘Pallets are a standard format in transporting building products and contribute a significant financial and environmental cost which needs to be captured by the user. We saw a similar situation with supermarkets and plastic bags, but we’d rather not wait for legislation to enforce this; we’d really like to make a difference now with preventative action.

‘The pallet recovery service is regenerative by design and aims to support the key principals of the circular economy to benefit business, society, and the environment. If we all pull together, it will have a significant impact across the whole supply chain.’

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