Innovative Beverage Tray Puts CHEP in Line for Environmental Award

CHEP Australia has been named a finalist in the NSW Government’s 13th Green Globe Awards.

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage’s sustainability award, the Green Globes, recognise environmental excellence, leadership and innovation.

CHEP has been named a finalist in the Environmental Innovation category for the development of its beverage tray equipment pool for the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector. The Environmental Innovation award recognises new technology, design or research that results in significant resource savings, new approaches in sustainable practice or innovative change in environmental management.

The CHEP beverage tray eliminates around 1,250 tonnes of one-way cardboard packaging waste each year from the beverage supply chain.

Business Development Manager Frank Vittoria says, “CHEP led a collaborative project to ‘imagine a more innovative beverage supply chain’, that included reduced environmental impacts. The result was the pool of reusable multi-purpose beverage trays, which will hold either 1.25 litres carbonated soft drink bottles or 2 litre juice bottles.

“The trays are also a ”one-touch” packaging solution, which means the same packaging is used for storage, transportation and in-store retail displays. Our lightweight, stackable tray design minimises transport fuel use and associated greenhouse gas emissions. We’re delighted that the tray has reduced the environmental impact of the beverage supply chain.”

CHEP is the global leader in container and pooling services, operating out in more than 50 countries with 7700 employees. It supplies reusable pallets and containers for use throughout the supply chain by manufacturers, distributors and retailers.

The Green Globe Award winners will be announced on 3 September 2012.


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