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Proposal: Pallet Wrap Alternative

For WAGAP Bingen Food Bank
Date:
6/21/2022
From: Peter Fink
To: Janeal Booren; 115 W Steuben Street, Bingen
Proposal:
To purchase a 4’ Reusable Pallet Wrap Cover to replace plastic shrink wrap used for the transport of pallets between and within the warehouse and storage of the WAGAP Bingen Food Bank and other WAGAP locations
—Cost: $169.00 per wrap (Not including shipping)
Current Situation:
When transporting tall or potentially unstable pallets using pallet jacks or forklifts, staff and volunteers spend an average of 3-4min wrapping pallets with plastic wrap before transporting the wrapped pallet often less than 200ft to another location within the facility
Once there, volunteers or workers must spend 30sec-1min unwrapping and discarding the plastic film used to secure the pallet.
Sometimes, the plastic wrap is used to secure the load for transport inside vehicles to other locations. Often these are to other WAGAP facilities. Other times they are to external sites and the pallets are not seen again.
Problems:
A 18”x1000' Hand Stretch Film Roll can wrap on average
pallets and costs around . This means, each pallet costs on average $1.50-2.00 to wrap with plastic
Plastic film and its production and destruction is , producing carcinogenic dioxins in the process
“In the US, $3.0B dollars are spent each year on shrink warp with projected growth of 5% annually. This results in 1.0B pounds of petroleum based resin used in manufacturing, (95% is expected to end up in landfills), 450M kg of CO2.”
Alternatives:
Numerous tried and tested exist.
Cargo nets were used to secure cargo for centuries before the the invention of plastic.
is a modern alternative to plastic wrap in the style of the cargo net but updated with modern technology.
In a similar vain can be used for strapping loads. However, they may be less time efficient and require bending and maneuvering.
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
Justification:
I recommend purchasing one 4’ Pallet Wrapz® Reusable Pallet Wrap Cover, as a proof of concept with the potential to purchase more for facility use later.
Plastic Saved:
Pallet Wrapz® estimates that “one 4' Pallet Wrapz will save at least 500 lbs of plastic stretch film waste going to American landfills annually.”
Time Saved:
Reusable pallet wraps reduce time needed for wrapping and unwrapping to less than a fourth of conventional plastic wrap
Money Saved:
Using conventional plastic it costs on average to wrap a pallet. After a year (~50 weekends) of bringing on average 1.5 pallets up the small incline, the cost of wrapping with plastic is already greater than the cost of a Pallet Wrapz®
Over its lifetime, a Pallet Wrapz® costs 5 cents per pallet: an reduction in price of 30x!
Safety and Comfort Prioritized:
Workers/volunteers are not required to bend their back to wrap pallets
Conventional plastic wrap can be a tripping hazard

Note:
In some circumstances using the Pallet Wrapz may not be wise. For example, when sending a pallet to another facility where its fate is unknown, or when a pallet must sit for long periods of time with the wrap holding it together. For these reasons, WAGAP Bingen Food Bank may wish to retain a few rolls of plastic wrap. However, the goal is to reduce need for plastic overall.

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