Most pallets are able to be reused, repaired, recycled or even used as a bio-fuel instead of going to landfill. Reusing pallets saves trees, energy and diverts useable pallets from landfill. It is important to recycle most wooden pallets as they can be reused and repaired multiple times, aside from the small portion that are single use only. Investing in more expensive multi-use pallets also offers long-term saving through an extended lifecycle, where it can be repurposed for multiple things if you put your imagination to use. When you recycle your pallets there are three things that can happen; reuse, repair and recycle.
Reuse is where multi-use pallets offer significant long-term financial savings over single use pallets. Significant reductions can be found in energy consumption, solid waste generation and greenhouse gas emissions compared to single use wooden pallets.
Repair is where most wooden pallets are made up of a number of standardized components. Therefore, if a component should be damaged or break your wood pallet can easily be repaired and reused.
Recycle is when pallets are dismantled and the wood is then processed into wood products like particle board, woodchips, mulch, animal bedding, or used as biomass – a source of renewable energy.