As manufacturers of 2 and 4 way pallets we are often contacted by people who want to recycle wooden pallets into all manner of things.
They usually want to know where to obtain free or very cheap pallets for recycling into shelves, tables, chests, notice boards and even art. A lesser known fact is that this reclaimed wood is the most popular with DIY enthusiasts.
Whilst pallets may be used over and over again for their primary purpose of transporting and stacking goods, there are a lot that are discarded and here are some places to find and obtain them:
It’s true that large companies often have more pallets but they are also more likely to have procedures for disposing of waste. However, you will invariably find that smaller businesses will have a skip outside or possibly pallets lying around their yards.
If you spot any, even if they are in a skip, go into the business and explain that you want to recycle wooden pallets for your own personal use. Ask if they have any and whether you can take them. This is extremely important because in some cases, the pallets have to be returned to the supplier and businesses have paid deposits on them. Naturally they will lose their deposit if they don’t return them. It’s also the polite thing to do.
The best times to call in and ask are early mornings and late afternoons. This is because business owners or managers are less busy at these times. Don’t forget to explain why you want them. When people know you are going to build your kids a tree house, or create some form of furniture out of the pallets they will normally be happy to help.
Types of businesses that may give you free pallets
Small Garden Centres, Wine Merchants, builder’s yards, motorbike shops and power tool shops are great places to look. These types of businesses have their good and parts delivered on pallets. They collect quite a few of them and may not have the resources to dispose of them easily.
Developing good contacts to recycle wooden pallets
If a business allows you to take their wooden pallets make sure you exchange contact details. You may find that they’ll call you if they want to offload them in the future. Send the photos of your finished coffee table, tree house or other project so that they can see what you have transformed the pallets into. It’s good for them to know their waste is being recycled in a useful way.
At Siddall & Hilton we manufacture larger than average wooden pallets so they are ideal for recycling into something substantial, particularly for furniture and book shelves.
Manufacture of Two way wooden pallets
Two way wooden pallets are the most economic type of pallet, manufactured using only 3 basic components, the top deck board, lower deck board and a side bearer. The ‘two way’ reference is because it’s only possible for them to be picked up by a fork-lift truck entering them either at the front or the back.
Regardless of efforts to source an alternative, wooden pallets can be found everywhere, making up around 93% of the worldwide pallet market. Around 54% of the wooden pallets manufactured are only intended to be used for one shipment and then are burned, stored or discarded. Pallets are just as susceptible to damage as ever, and when they come to the end of their useful, industrial life and are no longer repairable, the options to dispose of them are limited. In fact, many landfill sites no longer accept them for discarding. This appears to be an enormous waste, considering that businesses can derive income from the by-products of timber, such as insulation, mulch, building materials and fuel pellets.
Methods of Recycling
As a result of this disposal problem, several pallet manufacturers are now focusing on recycling, to provide an environmental answer to this worldwide pallet problem. Wood pallet recyclers will pay a few pounds for each pallet returned to them for recycling. The majority of pallet recycling companies will collect used four and two way wooden pallets from your premises or warehouse free of charge, although they usually request a minimum quantity of around one hundred, to make the trip viable. They will then repair and renovate the pallets and redistribute into industry and transport locations.
Recycling in the Home
There are many ideas and advantages to recycling two-way wooden pallets in the home and garden. Etsy and Pinterest currently feature a multitude of items made from pallets, from garden seating, tables and sofas, window planters and shelving solutions. The timber may require some renovation, sanding and painting before it can be usefully utilised in a safe manner, but the options are endless, providing an environmentally and economic method to recycle two-way wooden pallets into useful articles for your home.
Siddall & Hilton Products offer a wide variety range of wooden pallets including two-way, four-way and bespoke, manufactured from quality UK sourced wood, at very competitive prices. We particularly specialise in manufacturing larger, bespoke pallets, using state-of-the-art automated equipment in our Yorkshire premises. Contact us for further information and advice about our two way wooden pallets for sale.
Wooden pallets aren’t glamorous. These mainstays of the warehouse are usually taken for granted and are dropped, thrown around, used and abused and flung aside. Yet so many pallets take on an important role in the transportation of many varied products and goods and are the connecting factor for manufacturers, distributors, transporters and retailers within the logistics of providing many industries. Without pallets, the supply chain would not operate. The ability to manage pallet systems in an effective way, will improve economy and efficiency in the manufacturing cycle. There are understood to be billions of pallets circulating in the worldwide supply chain.
Pooled or One-Way Pallets
There are many discussions in the world of pallets as to whether using one-way pallets or pooled pallets are preferable. A pooled pallet is rented from one business that will take care of delivering and collecting them, whereas a one-way pallet is used once, then disposed of or recycled and reused when its initial journey is complete.
Choice of Pallet
Pallets are manufactured in many sizes, materials and shapes. It is critical to make the correct choice to enable a smooth process from start to finish. An incorrect choice can have the consequence of distribution and delivery delays and in the worst case scenario, a loss of profit and product.
In many industries, the choice of pallet will depend mainly on the end product. Some industries, such as food, beverage, electronics and pharmacy products may have precise shipping conditions. A decision may be made dependent on the storage and retrieval structures that a warehouse uses.
Timber pallets remain the most popular type – traditional, durable and suitable for heavy loads. In most cases they are also less expensive than those made from aluminum or plastic. Wooden pallets are made from a natural, sustainable source, are also recyclable and in most instances can be repaired if damaged.
Pallet cube optimization ensures that optimum space is used. Ikea has been known to design its products around the pallet size. The Ikea “Bang Mug” was re-designed 3 times to enable more mugs to be fitted onto a pallet for more economical shipping costs. Initially only 864 of these types of mugs would fit onto a pallet but after redesign, 2204 mugs could be transported.
Siddall & Hilton Products offer a wide variety range of Wooden pallets including two-way, four-way and bespoke, manufactured from quality UK sourced wood, at very competitive prices. We particularly specialize in manufacturing larger, bespoke pallets using state-of-the-art automated equipment in our Yorkshire premises. Contact us for further information and advice about our Pallets for sale.