Smart Recycling - positioned to provide an essential environmental service to Victoria’s new inland port

Ward Pettheridge Smart RecyclingWard Petherbridge, Smart Recycling

The humble timber pallet is the backbone of global trade, with almost every object in the world carried on one at some point in time. Estimated to account for 46 percent of US hardwood production, and with most discarded after one use, pallets also have a significant environmental impact. In Victoria alone, approximately 500,000 tonnes of timber waste goes to landfill annually - enough to fill the MCG 1.5 times over...

With an inland port approved for Dandenong South, local timber recycler Ward Petherbridge sees environmental benefits far beyond the significant reduction in truck congestion - a major objective for the project. ‘Our timber recycling depot will be a great asset to the site. We will be located next to one of the new port's three purpose-built warehousing precincts. With the extension of the south-east rail link to Dandenong South, shipping containers jam-packed with pallets will travel by train to our doorstep for recycling. We are hoping to help improve the environmental performance of hundreds of Victorian businesses.’

Located on a 35 acre site and currently the biggest recycled pallet yard in Victoria - around 20,000 tonnes of timber is recycled annually – Smart Recycling has the capacity to meet the service demand generated by this landmark infrastructure development.

According to Petherbridge, his service - in-line with the Inland Port objectives - will also play a significant role in reducing traffic congestion. ‘Most recycling depots only operate drop-off facilities and send the waste to a secondary site for processing. We have a pallet manufacturing facility on-site, where we repair and build pallets from recycled and sustainably harvested timber. Our service includes a pick-up and bin service, and most customers will arrange for recycled pallets and crates to be delivered at the same time as we are picking up their timber waste.’

With the recycling depot’s close proximity to the port development and the opportunity to backload deliveries, Smart Recycling will help companies reduce both their carbon output and freight costs.

Smart Recycling also recycle, builders and green waste to produce recycled products such as compost, topsoil, mulch and aggregate.