The weather is warming up and so too is the action around the heat-treatment module in Enviro Pallets NSW’s yard at Glendenning in Sydney’s west.
Since the module was installed mid-winter, it has been in action from dawn to dusk heating timber pallets to meet strict export sanitisation guidelines.
The pallets, which are used by Enviro Pallets customers in the export industry, are heated to achieve a minimum core temperature of 56ºC for at least 30 minutes. Pallets treated via this method bear the initials HT by the IPPC logo, which is branded onto the pallets.
Depending on the number of pallets stored in the module, the heat process normally takes about four hours from commencement of heating until the 56C mark is maintained for 30 minutes.
As well as heat-treating pallets it has manufactured for clients, Enviro Pallets is also fielding orders from other pallet companies to process their pallets marked for the export market.
With the additional outside jobs, the module normally gets cranked up three times a day which keeps the forklift operators and module supervisor busier than a one-armed man swatting flies.
- Recycles second-hand pallets. Given new leases on life are softwood and hardwood standard (1200mm x 1200mm) pallets, 4-way entry EURO 1 (1200mm x 800mm) and EURO 2 (1200mm x 1000mm) pallets, popular 1100mm x 1100mm pallets plus a wide range of bastardised sized pallets.
- Markets a full range of second-hand plastic pallets, economy, heavy-duty, industrial, rackable, export - and pressed-wood pallets.
- Manufactures new standard (1165mm x 1165mm) and 1100m x 1100m softwood and hardwood pallets.
- Manufactures custom-made pallets. No job is too big or too small.
- Manufactures boxes, again, no job is too small or too big.
- Offers an on-site heat-treatment service for clients required export pallets to meet strict export regulations.
Enviro Pallets is an accredited export pallet heat-treatment facility under the Australian Wood Packaging Certification Scheme: Certification No. 13648.
Enviro Pallets is saving the environment through the recycling of timber pallets. This year alone the Enviro Pallets is expected to recycle close to 300,000 timber pallets, which otherwise would have been dumped into Sydney’s dwindling waste facilities.