Where to find places to buy them
You may be able to sell your pallets directly to local manufacturers that need wood pallets. You can simply call them on the phone or see them in person and find out if they are interested. The benefit to them would be that they would be saving money by buying used pallets to recondition that they’d be able to resell to their customers.
Direct Supply, Inc. will buy back your used wood or plastic pallets. Call Direct Supply (630-345-3913) with details in order to get a quote. Be ready to share how many pallets you’re looking to sell, if they are wood or plastic, the condition of the pallets and their size.
This information will help Direct Supply give an estimate of how much those pallets are worth and what price will be fair for them.
If your company is located in our service area, Direct Supply offers a dropped trailer program. We will drop a trailer at your business and you can load the pallets into the trailer for delivery to Direct Supply. By coming to you, we make pallet disposal easy for you so you can get rid of those extra pallets!
Online Community Exchanges for Pallet Disposal
You could also list your pallets on Craigslist and Freecycle. Many people check these sites for deals so you could list them and see what people are willing to pay for them.
The North American Pallet Recycling Network is a great place and an easy way to sell pallets. This will help you find a pallet broker near you as there is a recycling exchange for every state. You can list pallets you have for sale and sell them to the buyer that offers you the best deal.
The National Wooden Pallet and Container Association is another great place to sell pallets. You are able to search by ZIP code to find businesses near you.
Recycle.net’s Pallet Exchange Listings: Here you are able to search locally for people wanting to buy pallets. You could use all three of these linked resources in order to branch further out and reach more people. You may find something on one that isn’t on another!
Local Woodworking and Furniture Schools
Another idea is either selling or giving them directly to woodworking and furniture schools. These places can always use more materials and this could be a great way to give back to the community.
What Kind of Price Can You Expect to Get For Your Used Pallets
This number can vary greatly depending on the condition as well as the size of the pallets that you’re looking to sell. Prices will also differ based on your location (they tend to vary from state-to-state). This can be anywhere from $0.50 or $2.50 to $4.00 per pallet. You should contact a few places to get quotes to make sure you’re getting a fair price for what you want to sell.
What Happens to the Pallets Once You Sell Them?
If the repairs are minor, many pallet disposal processing companies will repair them and sell them back into the market. They are able to do this at a significant discount compared to the new pallets so they make money on it as well.
The pallets that are further damaged are usually shredded. Any nails or staples are separated out of the wood using a magnet. All parts of the pallet can be reused. Even these metal pieces don’t go to waste. They are sent to a metal recycler. The shredded pallets can be turned into wood chips or possibly used in remanufactured pallets. They also may be used in mulch, particle board or animal bedding.
The majority of this article focused on wooden pallets, but there are some places that use plastic instead. Many companies do use plastic pallets and there are some benefits in using plastic over wood. Plastic pallets are easier to clean as well as sanitize. Because they do not absorb moisture, they will also not rot or grow mildew like wooden pallets will, depending on the conditions that they are stored in. Initially when plastic pallets came into the market, there was no one to repair them. That is not the case any longer.
When it comes to recycling plastic pallets, it is done pretty much in the same manner as recycling wooden pallets. They are also shredded and then sold to plastic recyclers. Some of the places that recycle wooden pallets may also recycle plastic pallets.
Overall Picture of the United States Wood Pallet System
- There are currently about over two billion pallets being used.
- 416 millions new pallets were manufactured, while 474 million used pallets were recovered from landfills in 2011.
- Of the 474 that were recovered, 326 million of them were able to be reused again as pallets, while the remaining 148 million were made into other products.
- About 43 pallets out of each 100 sold are those that have been recycled/reused.
- People still throw away millions of old pallets into landfills. Don’t add to the problem! Make sure you find another way to deal with these pallets.
Even though throwing them away seems to be the easy answer, as shown above, there are many other options. Of the ones that are thrown away, there is about one-quarter of them that are recovered for recycling.
The pallet recycling industry has become even more effective throughout the years. For example, in 1992, 51 million pallets were recovered. Compare that to 2011, where the number grew to 474 million. That is a huge number of pallets that these companies could have sold or otherwise used instead of just throwing them away!
68.5% of the recovered pallets were able to be repaired and reused, while 11.9% of them were reusable without repair. Just imagine what these companies could have gotten out of them! 16.2% were dismantled and used as repair lumber or in the construction of new pallets. 3.1% were chipped or ground for different uses and the last 0.3% were used for other purposes.
If you look at the 3.1% that are chipped or ground, 55% is used for both colored and uncolored mulch, 10% for animal bedding, 30% for waste to energy products and the last 6% is for other uses.
These companies missed a great opportunity by simply throwing out their pallets. The number of those pallets that could have been reused is staggering. Don’t let the easy way out prevent you from taking full advantage of your used pallets. You’ve already paid for them. Why not keep them working for you?
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