Plastic Pallet Recycling

Plastic Pallet Recycling – A Comprehensive Guide

The Benefits of Plastic Pallet Recycling

Plastic Pallets have become an integral part of the supply chain filling the gap where wood pallets may be unsuitable, making Plastic Pallet Recycling a critical link in the supply chain.  Custom plastic pallets can be made to handle unusual shapes like bottles, kegs, drums and even engines / transmissions sent to assembly plants from factories on other continents.

Can plastic pallets be recycled?

Yes – Plastic pallets can be recycled here in the United States

What is the cost of recycling plastic pallets?

Freight and labor are the largest cost factors – loads are light so freight per pound is a significant factor to consider.

Are plastic pallets recyclable in my area?

They are recyclable in all areas – in truckload quantities!

Are all types of plastic pallets recyclable?

No – there are some types that are not suitable for recycling such as iGPS, A-B Inbev & Coors pallets which have fiberglass reinforcement rods inside that can tear up a shredder. White EPS (Styrofoam) pallets are not recyclable. Lastly, USPS Postal Pallets aren’t recyclable – they need to go back to the local postmaster

What type of pallets cannot be recycled?

  • iGPS Pallets – Belong to iGPS and have a fiberglass rod – return to iGPS
  • USPS Pallets – Black with orange stripe – they should be returned to the USPS and NOT to be destroyed
  • A-B Inbev – These have a fiberglass/metal rod inside and aren’t recyclable
  • Coors – These have a fiberglass/metal rod inside and aren’t recyclable

What type of pallets can be recycled?

All plastic pallets without metal or fiberglass reinforcement can be recycled.

What are the potential drawbacks of recycling plastic pallets?

It requires a significant amount of labor to sort/stack pallets properly and a lot of space to save up enough for a full 53’ Semi Trailer.

How does plastic pallet recycling compare to other types of recycling?

It’s straight forward however not lucrative – most people recycle plastic pallets because they need to get rid of them and disposing in a landfill is not a viable option.

Are there any regulations or guidelines for recycling plastic pallets?

No – there are no regulations, however the guidelines are: Uniform Stacks, No Metal, No Postal, Full Truckload

What are the alternatives to recycling plastic pallets?

Reusing them is the ideal alternative – however landfilling is the only other disposal option.

What type of plastic is used in pallets and how does it affect recycling?

Most pallets are made from HDPEPP or a mixture of the 2 blended with some sort of filler.

How do you properly clean and prepare plastic pallets for recycling?

Cleaning is NOT required Simply stack them up in uniform stacks nesting like pallets together and keeping the “unacceptable pallets” separate.

Are there any companies or organizations that specialize in plastic pallet recycling?

Scrap Management Inc specializes in recycling plastic pallets.

What are the potential end-uses for recycled plastic pallets?

The regrind from recycling plastic pallets can be used in any many applications, including automotive and packaging like new pallets.

Are there any issues with the quality or durability of recycled plastic pallets?

Pallets made from recycled content are usually of comparable quality and durability as pallets made from virgin resin.

How does the size and weight of plastic pallets affect recycling?

The size is mostly irrelevant – all sizes of pallets can be recycled.

Are there any safety concerns when recycling plastic pallets?

Safety is always a concern – that’s why we ask companies to band down the pallets making sure the stacks do not tip over injuring employees when trailer doors are opened.

Recycling Plastic Pallets Has Many Benefits

  1. Reducing waste: By recycling plastic pallets, less plastic ends up in landfills, where it can take hundreds of years to decompose.
  2. Conserving natural resources: Plastic pallets are typically made from petroleum-based products, so recycling them can help to reduce the demand for these resources.
  3. Saving energy: It takes less energy to recycle plastic than to produce new plastic from raw materials.
  4. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions: Plastic production and disposal both contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, so recycling plastic pallets can help to reduce these emissions.
  5. Creating jobs: The recycling industry creates jobs for individuals involved in the collection, sorting, and processing of recyclable materials.
  6. Lowering costs: Companies can save money on waste disposal costs by recycling their plastic pallets instead of sending them to landfills.
  7. Providing a source of raw material: Recycled plastic pallets can be used to produce new plastic products, including new plastic pallets.
  8. Promoting sustainability: Recycling is an important part of a sustainable waste management strategy and it can contribute to a circular economy where waste is minimized and materials are kept in use.
  9. Compliance with regulations: Some municipalities or countries have regulations or policies in place that require companies to recycle a certain percentage of their waste.
  10. Positive image: Companies that recycle plastic pallets may be perceived as more environmentally responsible and socially conscious by consumers and

Recycling A Positive Impact On The Environment

First, it reduces the amount of plastic waste that ends up in landfills. Plastic pallets can take hundreds of years to decompose in a landfill, so recycling them can help to decrease the amount of plastic waste that is taking up space in landfills.

Second, recycling plastic pallets can conserve natural resources. Plastic pallets are typically made from petroleum-based products, so recycling them can help to reduce the demand for these resources.

Third, recycling plastic pallets can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Plastic production and disposal both contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, so recycling plastic pallets can help to reduce these emissions.

Fourth, recycling plastic pallets can save energy. It takes less energy to recycle plastic than to produce new plastic from raw materials.

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Plastic pallets have a long useful life however eventually break and wear down. We’ve built out a national network of re-processors that will size reduce the pallets into regrind so they can be converted into new products or reprocessed pellets.