Bunnings timber pallet recycling
Bunnings has a longstanding commitment to increasing recycling levels and reducing waste to landfill, and has implemented a national program to reuse and recycle plain timber pallets, utilising the backload capacity of vehicles.
This initiative is the result of a successful trial which was conducted in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia in 2012. The extended national program now includes Victoria and South Australia, which has taken the number of stores participating from 62 to 162.
The additional benefits of sending pallets back to suppliers and distribution centres include, reduced congestion at a store level, resulting in a cleaner and safer site for customers, suppliers and team members.
In addition to reusing plain timber pallets, pallets no longer fit-for-purpose are sent away for woodchipping.
During the 2014 financial year, 70,396 timber pallets were reused, resulting in a cost saving of $274,227 and avoiding 2,633 tonnes of CO2e emissions to landfill.
Bunnings will continue to expand the program to additional stores.