Smart Recycling and Smart Pallets operate from the Waste Converters site in Dandenong South. The businesses are owned by Ward Petherbridge. Ward’s father Geoff Petherbridge bought the site in 1982. At the time it was operating as a solid inert waste tip and sand pit.
After time spent living in Europe and studying environmental science, Ward joined his father’s business in 1995 with a vision to turn the facility into a recycling business.
Today three businesses, that annually divert over 50,000 tonnes of waste from landfill annually, operate from the Waste Converters site:
Smart Recycling – recycling timber packaging, including pallets, crates and boxes
Smart Pallets – a pool pallet collection and repair service for the brick, block and roof tile industries
Commercial Tippers – Geoff Petherbridge’s business that recycles commercial & industrial and construction and demolition waste
The site transforms 95% of waste received into useful, cost-effective, environmentally friendly products and provides a net carbon benefit of 14,500 tonnes from timber recycling alone.