The Guernsey Dairy has started another appeal for milk crates to be returned, with about 1,000 having disappeared in the past few months alone.
It's thought some of the familiar orange and blue crates might have been used for grocery deliveries during lockdown.
"It is impractical to log each crate as it goes in and out," said Production Manager at the Dairy, Dave Domaille. "Under normal circumstances, we would always expect some to be in circulation, but lately we have not had as many coming back in as we should have.
Pictured: The Guernsey Dairy.
"If we had to replace the missing crates the cost would be extremely high. That is an expense the dairy can ill afford, particularly as the majority may be lying around unused."
Each crate costs the dairy about £13 to buy and is used to pack orders for local distributors - many of which were closed during the earlier stages of lockdown.
This is not the first time the dairy has had to ask for its crates back, with a similar appeal back in 2018 resulting in the return of more than 1,500 crates.
"We are not looking to prosecute anyone - we just need our crates returned," added Mr Domaille. "If they can do this as soon as possible that would help us enormously."
Crates can be left in the motorbike parking area, just inside the Guernsey Dairy carpark on the left of the entrance.
Pictured top: Milk crates.
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