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.