Millions of people around the UK will be looking forward to attending a bonfire event on 5th November; however, many will be unaware they could be watching private property going up in smoke.
Pallet pooling provider LPR estimates around 140,000 pallets worth £1.4m will be burned this year. Not only does this theft affect the whole supply chain, but the impact on the environment is also significant, with roughly 28,000 trees used to make the pallets targeted for fires.
LPR’s distinctive red pallets often catch people’s eye and so the pallet company is urging retailers to ensure all pallets are secured safely, especially at night when people looking for free firewood may target industrial estates. The potential repercussions for using stolen pallets can be serious and so LPR is calling for event coordinators to make sure they only accept materials they have secured permission to use.
Adrian Fleming, managing director of LPR UK and Ireland, said: “There is a common misconception that pallets are disposable, but this is far from the truth. As a precision-engineered and expensive piece of equipment, the retail industry expects to receive a certain lifecycle from each pallet.
“Indeed, pallets have been designed to be used a minimum of 50 times and, therefore, provide the most environmentally-friendly method of moving goods to market. This is especially the case with pallets from LPR, as all of our timber comes from approved forestry sources.
“Every pallet burned on a bonfire is not only an example of handling stolen goods, but also causes significant environmental impact. We all love a good bonfire and there are now some fantastic reusable beacons which can provide a safe and effective structure for everyone to enjoy. So, let’s all make a pledge to keep pallets off the bonfires in 2015.”