www.GotMilkCrates.com Launched to Help Curb Crate Theft

With the collaborative effort in Maryland between dairy, bakery, beverage and other reusable pallet and container users to curb theft in the Baltimore area now in the public domain, the dairy industry has been quick to respond.

“We’re pleased to see that our collaborative efforts paid off so quickly and effectively,” said Clay Detlefsen, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and counsel. “We hope this type of grassroots effort will take hold in other parts of the country as well.”

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) estimates that dairy companies spend about $100 million annually in crate replacement , with an estimated $80 million of that total attributed to milk crate theft. The thieves target warehouses, supermarkets, bakeries and other retail outlets that place empty plastic crates outside, usually unattended, for pick up. They steal the crates and sell them to recycling centers for shredding, and the recyclers sell the ground plastic to manufacturers, often to make into more crates.

IDFA recently launched www.GotMilkCrates.com, a website designed to build awareness of the problem. It also provides processors and retailers with proactive measures they can take, including some excellent posters. When it comes to reusable packaging management, education is a big piece of the puzzle, and the new website helps address this need in a very positive way. Check out the posters by clicking here.