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Wood is Good 14 PalletCentral • July-August 2023 IN THIS ARTICLE, WE EXPLORE THE WOOD PACKAGING INDUSTRY'S COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY. PalletCentral asked NWPCA industry thought leaders to share insights and initiatives driving their companies' sustainability efforts, including material sourcing, waste reduction, energy efficiency and their future goals. Here's what they had to say. iStock/niphon EXPLORING SUSTAINABILITY in the Wood Packaging Industry Mike Vrugteveen Business Development, Niagara Pallet At Niagara Pallet, we have built our business around sustainability. Our high- performance rate of reused and rebuildable pallets is a testament to that. e wood that would otherwise go to waste is ground by our Vecoplan grinder and sold as animal bedding, biofuel, and mulch. We have an excellent track record on pallet collection and retrieval. We operate a fleet of straight trucks in Ontario, Canada, that pickup pallets in quantities of 20 pallets or more. ese trucks keep our customer's facilities scrap pallet free and bring in 300-400 pallets a day per truck to be recycled. Our pallet retrieval coordinator, who manages the pallet retrieval, visits customers with an electric Ford Lightning pickup truck which reduces our carbon footprint. As a company, we follow and support the resources from Nature's Packaging.® provides resources for landfill avoidance, forest conservation, and the climate-positive effect of using wooden pallets. Our pallet collection program specifically focuses on reducing waste and improving the environmental Insights & Initiatives from Industry Thought Leaders

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