One of Australia’s leading suppliers to the mining and manufacturing industry, Kinder & Company has broken new ground in recycling by converting their customer’s used polymer conveyor rollers into shipping pallets.
Kinder’s cradle-to-cradle initiative ensures that their K-Polymer rollers are ‘reborn’ once they are returned to the company’s headquarters in the Melbourne suburb of Braeside, helping to save thousands of tonnes of timber, which would have otherwise been used to create wooden pallets.
Kinder’s used polymer rollers are shredded, granulated and mixed with a special formula before being extruded into recycled lengths, which are then cut to size and assembled into composite pallets. These recycled pallets are then used for transporting new loads of rollers back to the clients’ sites.
Kinder & Co has entered into a commercial arrangement with Australian Composite Technology of Somerton, Victoria, which has developed specialised technology to handle complex recycling processes.
Roger Sweeney, Director of Australian Composite Technology, says his system offers several benefits including preserving the world’s forests, the traditional starting place for pallet manufacturing. The composite pallets also eliminate the difficulty and expense in sourcing timber for pallets.
Key benefits of composite material:
- Offers a longer product life cycle due to immunity from marine, insect and fungal attacks
- Can be manufactured to produce non-slip, high friction features for grip and safety
- Can be recycled indefinitely
- Can produce comparable products at similar cost to quality hardwood timber and at much lower cost than steel and concrete alternatives
- Can be nailed, screwed, bolted, stapled and glued
- Does not stain, offering superior product protection during transportation
- Can be coloured by direct die injection or coloured coatings
- Requires no fumigation when used in an export environment
- Can be totally fireproofed without the use of chemicals
TRUenergy Yallourn, one of Kinder & Co’s longest serving and pro-actively environmentally conscious clients has recently started utilising these recycled pallets and are finding them to be a very good fit with their environmental policy.
This latest Kinder environmental initiative to offer full cradle-to-cradle products is supported by TRUenergy via their continued usage of Kinder K-Polymer rollers and recycled pallets.
Kinder’s commitment to a cleaner environment through recycling was recognised at the 2008 Australian Bulk Handling Awards when they were named Supplier of the Year.
CEO Neil Kinder who manages a comprehensive range of stock belt conveyor hardware is delighted with the Kinder-ACT link. Taking pride in being solution-driven in the world of bulk materials handling, the company believes that no business can afford status quo in this day and age with global environmental sustainability imperatives.