Case Studies

Using Dolav plastic pallet boxes the food waste is transported back to Aldi distribution centres and forklifted into trailers. When full, the trailers take the load to a depackaging centre and the food waste goes to an anaerobic digester

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Rodanto grows broccoli on 350 hectares in southern Spain. From November to June Rodanto imports 120 - 150 tonnes of broccoli in collapsible Dolav Kitbins each week on nine truckloads. It takes less than 70 hours to ship from pack house to retail customer.

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  • Fresh Fruit [Agriculture]
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  • Cold Storage [Agriculture]
Apple Harvesting & Handling with Dolavs 'It's got to work for everyone.' That is key at top soft fruit cooperative, Plantsman Producer Organisation, in Ardleigh, Essex....

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  • Fresh Fruit [Agriculture]
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  • Cold Storage [Agriculture]
Salvatori is the UK's longest established processing fruit trader. It has been handling top fruit in the Canterbury area for more than 80 years and using the same Dolav plastic pallet boxes for more than 25 years.

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Nothing wasted! Plastic re-cycled granules – stored and used in the next production run. Safely stacked nine-high – No need for racking

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Dolavs prove their long-life over 30 years

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  • Used Car Batteries [Recycling]
Dropped! Crushed! Spiked! Rotated! Best 'price-for-spec' does not tell the 'real life' story. There is no Which? test for plastic pallet boxes but, says Dolav, "They need greater strengths than are called for in design specifications."

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  • Fish and Seafood Processing Solutions [Food]
“No need for insulated boxes in our high speed unbroken cool chain,” says Michael Lodahl at Danske Fiskeauktioner (DFA) in Jutland, Denmark.

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  • Used Car Batteries [Recycling]
Sims Metal Management is the world's biggest metals and electronics recycler working from 260 locations on five continents. Its South Wales region handles some 80 tonnes, nearly 4,500, of used lead-acid batteries.

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  • Food Processing [Food]
When deciding on a suitable plastic pallet box, SBP manager, Richard Smith, said, "We wanted the Dolav as it is made in a one-piece moulding so the runners don't break off. They have very strong, solid plastic walls with the result that they are durable, cleanable and hygienic. Because of the very tight margins in the business plastic pallet boxes have got to last a long time." .

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  • Waste Food [Recycling]
At Mosley Waste Management, Topcliffe, Thirsk, Simon Mosley has a simple solution to mechanically handling food waste.

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  • Food Processing [Food]
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  • Fresh Vegetables [Agriculture]
Potatoes in plastic Dolavs Success! Potatoes go from ex farm to processing in 1500 Dolav ACE boxes for McCain frozen Ready Baked Jackets.

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Campden BRI has confirmed the Dolav Ace is hygienically designed when tested against recognised protocols.

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  • Paper [Recycling]
Plastic Dolav pallet boxes are new at Essex paper recycler, Keeble. They have been recycling paper for more than one hundred years. The company collects paper, mainly from printers, sorts and every year exports 50,000 tonnes to paper mills.

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  • Meat Processing – Pork [Food]
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  • Meat Processing Beef [Food]
When Cranswick Convenience Foods in Barnsley wanted a plastic pallet box they ordered the one which they knew well. Cranswick have been using Dolav plastic pallet boxes for over 15 years. Made from food-grade HDPE the Dolavs have proved hygienic, easy-to-clean, strong and easy to handle and stack.

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  • Fish and Seafood Processing Solutions [Food]
North East Ice, a harbour-based company in the port of Peterhead, delivers fresh ice in Dolavs for local fishing boat operator's catches in the fish auction and local fish processors and merchants. The new clean fresh flake ice keeps the fish cold and improves presentation for auction.

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  • Waste Food [Recycling]
Dolavs have been an integral part of the process from the beginning at the £5m InSource Energy plant at Rogerstone Newport where factory food via AD provides up to 10 percent of the factory's energy. This is the only completely closed-loop system in UK and possibly in the world.

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  • Fish and Seafood Processing Solutions [Food]
Hull-based Smales, one of the UK's leading suppliers of fish and seafood, now has an almost zeroenergy, cost-saving, waste ice melting process. In this, the green-coloured Dolav Ace plays a vital role.

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  • Waste Food [Recycling]
The Dolavs survive very harsh conditions and are often hit by the forklift truck forks when off-site. "With the density of the plastic, they stand up well and we can repair them. They serve us very well," said director, Lindsay Dury.

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In one year Kellogg increased packaging waste recycling from 45% through 60% nearing 80%.

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  • Meat Processing – Pork [Food]
When a product user and its design engineer get together, the results can be excellent. That is how one particular plastic pallet box developed from a user-idea and experience into a product that the user and now many users specify particularly for bulk meat mechanical handling, storage and transport.

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Paul Brophy likes Dolav plastic pallet boxes. "They are very durable. Our produce comes out in much better condition than from wood and with a pressure hose they come up as good as new. Our Dolavs scrub up well," he said.

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It is no secret that HSF Logistics uses Dolavs. One look at the side of an HSF vehicle makes that clear.

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  • Meat Processing Beef [Food]
The full Dolavs are forklift tipped into receiving bins and while upside down are supported by their tough integral runners, one of several reasons why DFP chose Dolavs.

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Daniel Keeble said, "We changed from metal containers to plastic because the Dolavs don't need welding or repainting and they are easy to wash clean."

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  • Pharmacy [Logistics]
The right pallet is essential for high spec, high tech, automated handling.

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Dolav UK has introduced this credit card-based, easy-to-pay facility, via PayPal, so Dolav and its customers know that their payment is instant and do not have to say "the cheque is in the post"

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