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Disposing Wooden Pallets

Pallets are great structures for transporting the goods in our warehouses, but over time you’ll find your space filled with more pallets than not. The worst way to dispose of pallets is by throwing them away. This will cost businesses money and is a waste of materials as pallets are recyclable. Below you’ll find information on the benefits of recycling pallets and where you should recycle.

Why Should You Recycle Pallets?

Money

Recycling pallets is beneficial for not only your business but other business as well. When pallets that are still in good shape are recycled, they are put back in the supply chain and will provide more service.

Space

Recycling pallets will open up more space in your warehouse. Opening up space for your warehouse makes it easier for productivity and preventing injuries. It’s dangerous to surround your workspace with clutter.

Time

Recycling unwanted pallets will also save time. Workers will spend less time trying to maneuver the forklifts around the unused pallets.

Where Should You Recycle?

Manufacturers

Frequently manufacturers are happy to have the used pallets come back. Most manufacturers have return programs to promote recycling. Through the programs, you can recycle your old pallet and receive credit for new pallets. Another option is to have your old pallets refurbished and sold back to you for a smaller fee than you originally bought your pallets for.

Recycling Companies

There are recycling companies that will take your old pallets. Depending on the condition, the companies will compensate you for recycling. This return on investment will be useful for the next time you purchase pallets.

When you find your warehouse/business is cluttered with wooden pallets, look for manufacturers or recycling companies in your area. This benefits not only your company and the disposal places but the environment. Trashing the wooden pallets encourages pollution and is a waste of natural resources.

Where to Recycle Pallets

Although pallets are essential for warehouse management, some businesses struggle with regularly disposing of them. Pallets can accumulate in storage rooms or outdoors, presenting an occupational hazard and a waste of valuable space. Here are four methods for recycling pallets and clearing out the back room once and for all.

Contact the shipper

One of the easiest strategies for disposal is to contact the shipper to pick up empty pallets. If you can’t contact the shipper directly, you can arrange for pallet disposal with a third-party company such as CHEP or PECO. Pallet retrieval is a mutually beneficial arrangement since it clears unwanted pallets from your shipping deck while lowering the cost per trip for shippers.

Find a local recycling company

You may be able to find a local recycling company who is willing to come and retrieve your used pallets. Depending on the size and condition of pallets, a local recycling company can either pay you for desirable pallets or charge a fee for picking up undesirable ones. A benefit of a local company is that they can usually schedule regular removals that save your business the time of finding a new disposal service.

Reach out to hobbyists

Hobbyists interested in clean and unweathered wooden pallets for craft projects are often willing to take unwanted pallets away for free, but there are a few legal and health risks to consider. If a member of the public is wandering around your warehouse, you will need an employee to provide oversight and hopefully prevent any accidents. If someone is injured while on your premises or as a result of your pallet, you may find yourself tangled in legal difficulties. Managers should carefully weigh the costs and benefits of reaching out to hobbyists.

Prevention

One method of solving the logistics of wooden pallet disposal is switching to a more durable material. Heavy duty wooden or plastic pallets require less maintenance and repairs and can still be recycled when needed. Corrugated paper pallets can be recycled with other cardboard materials and are easier to dispose of than their wooden counterparts. Large companies such as IKEA have recently replaced their wooden pallets with corrugated paper, eliminating a significant logistics problem.

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