CHEP is one of the world’s largest supply chain businesses based on a circular economy, operating a “share and reuse” concept for the pooling of its 345 million pallets, crates, and containers. 

Leasing pooled pallets is a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to purchasing one-way white wood pallets, which have steadily increased in cost, commonly exhibit quality issues, and often end up in landfills as waste. 

Pallet pooling companies like CHEP have been recognised by different international organisations for their contribution to reducing waste and CO2 emissions, as they are considered a key example of the circular economy at a global scale. 

Reusable pallets are durable and of consistent quality and robustness minimising the chance of customers’ product damage. 

The sheer scale of CHEP’s network means that some of its assets inevitably move out of the company’s control, ending up where they should not be, such as with pallet dealers, plastic re-grinders and at non-customer premises. 

In an ever-changing environment, where pallet availability is key to keep the supply chain moving, non-returned or destroyed pallets can have a very negative impact on the whole supply chain and ultimately on the end consumer. 

While CHEP manages the administrative process, on some occasions, organisations in possession of its wooden or plastic platforms contest CHEP’s ownership and right to recover them. 

CHEP’s trademark blue pallets, which are the same colour all over the world where they operate, are legally owned by CHEP, and never sold to any third party. CHEP’s business model requires that this equipment is returned to the company so that it can be checked, refurbished, and then reused by other customers. 

Unauthorised use of CHEP pallets is therefore a legal infringement that can lead to legal action to recover those pallets. 

Pathma Devraj, Director of Asset Management for CHEP Sub-Saharan Africa said, “As pioneers of the circular economy, we are proud to be one of the most sustainable businesses globally and are passionate about protecting our pallets, and other assets, so that they can fulfil our customers’ needs. 

“Unreturned CHEP pallets not only have a negative impact on the environment, but they also add costs to producers, retailers and ultimately the end consumers.” 

CHEP’s pallets are easy to spot thanks to their distinctive blue colour and the fact that their name, trademark, and legal title messages are printed on each pallet as well. Moreover, the collection of CHEP pallets is easy to arrange, contact 0800 330 334 or email to provide information on stray or stolen CHEP pallets.