Growers cut transport costs

Australian vegetable growers are taking advantage of reusable and recyclable packaging to cut transport costs and packaging waste. Growers have found that these cost and waste savings can be dramatic.

Using reusable and recyclable CHEP FB2 Foldable Plastic Bins, Gazzola Farms on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula can now load a semi-trailer with 200 empty bins, compared to just 60 with its former packaging.

Gazzola Farms’ Paul Gazzola says because the CHEP FB2s fold down, a lot more can be fitted on the truck when they’re empty.

“They’re easy to store, easy to handle and easier to load,” he says.

Featuring fold-down sizes and vented side panels for maximum air flow, the plastic FB2 cuts cardboard waste and allows for safe and efficient handling of produce.

According to Category Manager, Cubic Containers at CHEP Asia-Pacific, David Williamson, the trend to green packaging has been driving strong uptake of the reusable FB2 Foldable Bin.

“The CHEP Foldable Bin benefits the environment by promoting a sustainable culture of Reduce — Reuse — Recycle,” Williamson says.

“In addition, the Foldable Bin can be fully reground and recycled at the end of its 10-year lifecycle.”

Through CHEP’s reusable, returnable packaging service, growers receive the exact quantity of bins they need, when they need them, without the hassle or cost of their own repairs and maintenance.

With CHEP’s extensive network of regional and metropolitan service centres, a steady supply of clean bins is never far away.

Until 29 February 2008, new applicants and first time hirers of FB2 Foldable Plastic Bins are being offered a special discount*.

“Now produce growers can make even further cost reductions with no issue fees until March 2008.The offer provides an affordable, obligation-free way to assess the benefits,” williamson explains

Growers interested in finding out more can contact CHEP on 13 2437.

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