Driving North West recycling

A £100,000 investment in new vehicles is helping us drive growth within the green economy.

PH Pallets has invested in two new vehicles to boost its collection and delivery service.

PH Pallets new vehicles

Ready to collect your used pallets and deliver them new…

The duo of DAF LF55 Lorries will also help reduce our environmental footprint with fuel efficient engines and low carbon emissions.

The vehicle investment comes just two months after we completed a £400,000 upgrade of our bespoke IT system and recycling unit in Manchester.

Mark Houghton, a partner in PH Pallets, says: “A recent report by the Green Alliance says the UK’s green economy has remained healthy since the banking crisis. We would wholeheartedly agree with the report and it’s why we’re able to keep investing and improving our services.

“The two new DAF lorries are a superb addition to our fleet. The vehicles allow us to be more flexible with collections and deliveries of new and used pallets, which means we can enhance our service for our customers.”

The DAF LF55 engine complies with the strict European Euro 5 and EEV (Enhanced Environmentally-friendly Vehicle) emission standards, thanks to a high pressure common rail fuel injection system and SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) after-treatment technology, which cleans the vehicle’s exhaust fumes.

PH Pallets ready for the road

Mark and the lads with PH Pallets’ new vehicles

From its Dukinfield operations unit, we can repair, sort, grade, collect, purchase, rebuild, purpose-build and heat-treat all types of wooden pallets. We handle more than 30,000 pallets every week and we have stringent green policies that mean nothing from our premises goes to landfill.

We employs 29 people and have turnover of more than £2 million a year. We have a wide client base across many industries, including retail, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, freight, warehouse and the food industry.

For more information about PH Pallets go to www.phpallets.com, Twitter @PHPallets or call 0161 351 1333.

The hygienic properties of wood

Wood in the food industry

A traditional material for many applications in the food industry

Wood has been a traditional material for many applications in the food industry. But today wood is discriminated against in many sectors of the industry – both in utensils, interiors, and buildings as well as in pallets and packaging.

In the case of pallets and packaging it is supposed that plastic pallets are more resistant to dust and mould contamination, and that their smooth, enclosed surfaces remove any possibility of impurities. Research, however, suggests that wooden pallets can be just as hygienic – if not more so – than their plastic rivals.

The latest studies have been carried out in Nordic countries as a Nordic Industrial Fund project ‘Wood in the Food Industry’ and in Germany and Switzerland.

Studies of bacteria have been carried out in the food industry on interiors, buildings and pallets. They studied the incidence of bacteria on pallets used in 14 food industries (salted fish, meat, dairy, vegetables and bread) on a sample of 15,000 wooden and plastic pallets. The study found that the bacterial count on wooden pallets was on average 15% lower than on plastic pallets. This was because wood offered ‘poorer living conditions’ than plastic or steel. Any remaining bacteria on the wood could be killed with pressurised water.

Heat treatment

The heat treatment kiln at PH Pallets

There are many other studies on the hygienic properties of wood. Both recent and previous studies confirm that wood is as good as other materials to use in the food industry – in utensils, interiors, and buildings as well as in pallets and packaging.

  • Wood is as hygienic as any other material for most applications in the food industry.
  • The porosity of wood doesn’t seem to be a negative factor.
  • There are cleaning/sanitising methods suitable for wood.

Like most materials used within the food industry, good manufacturing quality, good handling practice and proper sanitation treatments make wood a suitable material for most applications in the food industries.