to pick up donated food items on Saturday mornings, they enter through a loading doc with a slight downwards incline. There, they request the pallets (with donated food stored in yellow bins) to be brought out to the sidewalk for sorting and loading into the Free Food For All truck.
Workers remove the pallet(s) from refrigeration and bring to the loading doc. Because of safety concerns, workers are forced to spend an average of 3-4min wrapping pallets with plastic wrap before using a motorized pallet jack to transport the wrapped pallet less than 20ft up and outside to the sidewalk.
Once there, volunteers or workers must spend 30sec-1min unwrapping and discarding the plastic film used to secure the pallet. There are often two pallets which are wrapped and transported sequentially.
A 18”x1000' Hand Stretch Film Roll can wrap on average
can also be used to help secure loads from horizontal shifting. They aren’t ideal for securing high density loads at inclines however.
“Pallet Wrapz® are an eco-friendly reusable alternative to plastic stretch film made of heavy duty ventilated and breathable mesh or opaque vinyl. These reusable wraps are designed for 2500+ uses which typically averages 3-4 years.”
They come in a 2’ tall, a 4’ tall and a 6’ft tall size with a $169.00 price tag for a 4’tall
I recommend purchasing one 4’ Pallet Wrapz® Reusable Pallet Wrap Cover, as a proof of concept with the potential to purchase more for store use later.
Pallet Wrapz® estimates that “one 4' Pallet Wrapz will save at least 500 lbs of plastic stretch film waste going to American landfills annually.”
Reusable pallet wraps reduce time needed for wrapping and unwrapping to less than a fourth of conventional plastic wrap