Why you should be recycling used pallets

Pallets stacked up outside of a warehouse ready to be recycled

There are over 30 million pallets in circulation. They’re a common site in many businesses and warehouses but do you know what you should be doing with them once you’ve finished using them? Your first thought might be to throw them in with your general waste, but pallets can be recycled and used again and again.

What are pallets?

Wood pallets are used across a wide range of industries all over the world to deliver and store heavy loads. Usually made from pine and oak wood, pallets can carry around two tonnes worth of goods. The average wood pallet can last for anything between three and seven years, so it’s important that they’re recycled properly. The worth of a pallet can vary depending on lots of different factors. For example, the size, availability, and strength of the pallet.

Why should you recycle them?

Pallets should not be going in with your general waste as they can be recycled. It’s better for the environment and can also be an easy way to generate some extra income for your business.

Environmental benefits of recycling pallets

There are the environmental benefits of recycling your used pallets. You’re reducing the amount of waste being sent to landfill. By recycling your wood pallets and creating new ones, you’re helping to reduce the number of trees that need to be cut down to create wood for new pallets. It’s estimated that recycling your pallets can save around 43 million trees a year. Therefore, protecting precious resources and the environment. These recycled wood pallets also have a lower carbon footprint than pallets that have only been used once or have been made from brand new materials.

Recycled pallets stacked up inside a warehouse used to recycle pallets
Wooden pallets

Financial benefits of recycling pallets

Recycling your pallets can also be a source of extra income too. Second hand pallets can be sold on to be used again. The value of the pallets usually depends on the quality and quantity of pallets you have. The better quality and the more you have, the more you’re likely to get back for them. We can work to get you the best prices for your used pallets to help you start an extra income stream.

If you’re looking at buying pallets, second hand or repaired pallets are often a cheaper alternative to new pallets. So, there’s bottom line benefits to recycled pallets too, not just environmental benefits. If your business is known for using recycled pallets, you could also be bringing in new business from other companies who want to work with sustainable suppliers.

How are they recycled?

Once your pallets have been collected, they are sorted to determine the quality. Good quality pallets are immediately put back on the market to be used again. Any pallets that are not of a good enough quality to be offered up for reuse straight away will be sent to a facility where they are repaired. They will be broken into smaller components that are sorted and assessed to see whether they can be used to make new pallets. The broken parts will be treated and repaired to make brand new pallets. If the pallets are beyond repair, they will be treated as wood waste and repurposed so nothing ends up in landfill. They could be made into new pieces of furniture or used as parts for fixing other broken pallets we’ve collected.

To find out more about how pallets are recycled, check out our lifecycle of a pallet blog and video.

Contact us

Flame UK offers a full pallet collection and recycling service across Nottingham and throughout the UK. Our experts can help organise a pallet collection service that suits your business. We can take pallets in any condition to help your business become more sustainable and generate some extra income. Contact us today to find out more.

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