The majority of Dole’s products are packed in boxes and then transported on pallets. In most cases, these pallets are made from wood and continue to be reused and repaired in order to extend their life span. When they can no longer be maintained for further use, then the wooden pallets can be recycled.
Alternatives to wooden pallets include using more durable CHEP pallets, which have been particularly beneficial for Dole Fresh Vegetables (DFV), or plastic pallets. Since introducing CHEP pallets in DPF, the division has decreased its solid waste by 3,000 tons per year – a 95% reduction.
DFV partners with its carton supplier to create an extensive recycling program for plants and field operations. DFV also reuses fiber bins and plastic containers for carrying raw materials.