If you’re searching “how to recycle used pallets” then you likely have a stack or stacks of pallets on your property that you need to get rid off. There are many different options for the elimination of unwanted pallets and/or surplus pallets. This is a common issue for businesses that receive shipments from 18 wheelers and have a high volume of products coming in but no need to ship out their products on pallets.
Pallet Removal Options
It is somewhat a challenge for businesses who are trying to find a way to dispose of their unwanted pallets, as they fill up their storage areas, garages bins, and/or their storage areas get filled up with a lot of platforms that are broken-up. There are many reason that pallets can accumulate, which include those that are in poor quality, small quantities, of unusual size, and let’s not forget, the local market dynamics.
The following is a few of the options to be considered when searching for a place to move unwanted pallets from your property:
Request Shipper Pallet Pickup
The shipper can be asked to retrieve their own empty pallets, whether it be directly or indirectly using a third party to retrieve the empty pallets. The shipper may choose to use a company that rents pallets, such as CHEP and PECO. Many of the pallet companies offer pallet retrieval services, this could be an advantage for the product shipper, and also for the receivers, however, it does means that the receiver would be the one to clear the receiving dock of the pallets. It can also provide the shipper a lower cost for each trip by reusing.
The shipper could be asked to use a standard pallet size, such as the GMA style, size 48”x40” units, which are more appealing for others who pick them up, and since they are going to be more valuable to pallet buyers.
Contact A Pallet Recycler
Arrangements could be made with one of the local pallet recyclers to retrieve the pallets. Some recyclers might be willing to pay you in order to acquire specific pallets (desirable pallets), depending on their size and the condition they are in. On the other hand, they may charge you a fee for retrieving the pallets if they are not of a particular size or in good shape. However, after establishing a pattern to accumulate the pallets, recyclers will generally work with you and keep the pallets removed on a regular basis.
Request Corrugated Pallets
The shipper could be asked to change over to the corrugated paper pallets, these are just as easy to recycle, like other card boards. In order to eliminate the empty pallet challenges, IKEA adopted the use of corrugated paper pallets. According to different sources, IKEA is now generating more than 10 million card board shipments of pallets every year.
There is always the option of the shipper staying with the corrugated paper theme by switching to slip sheets. However, if you use slip sheets, there would not be any newer pallets arriving to your building, and the receiver would use a push-pull or a clamping attachment for re-positioning the unit loads in order to get them on the internal pallets. This approach can be successfully use for specific products, such as breakfast cereals or tissues, in areas where there is a maximum amount of cube space needed.
Offer Pallets For Pickup or Sale
If the pallets are in good condition, one can advertise them on Craigslist and/or to hobbyists. Wood pallets have become popular for craft projects. Keep in mind however, that there are risks involved where the public would be coming and going in these locations, and the labor, and not let it be an oversight of the safety of others. It could prove to be worth paying to have recyclers of pallets and wood to remove them from your premises, rather than have your premises over ran by hobbyists.
Request Higher Quality Reusable Pallets
You could always consider pallet “flow through” as another option. If the pallets are for an internal operation and shipping, try encouraging your shipper into utilizing pallets of a higher quality,which can in return be used after they are emptied for your own in-house and shipping. Generally, this might include the receiver pitching in on the cost of the pallets, helping the shipper out, because the receiver would otherwise be paying the entire cost of pallets that were more expensive. ‘Flow-through’, is a great strategy that can help in gradually obtaining an accumulation of pallets of higher quality, while the shipper is willing to be of assistance so that you can achieve this objective.
Phoenix Valley Pallet Recycling
If you have pallets that are cluttering your warehouse or outside your building anywhere in the Phoenix Valley, AAA Pallet & Lumber Co., can pick up and recycle the pallets for you. We help remove the clutter from your property and cut down on the demand for fresh cut wood by recycling pallets. We repair pallets that are broken for re-use and keep pallets in circulation for many of the valley’s shipping needs. If you have pallets that need to be removed from your business’ property and would like to have pallet recycling AAA Pallet & Lumber Co., is your source for reliable pickup and dependable recycling practices. Call us at 602-278-1450 for more information.