It is essential to accurately identify and sort incoming pallets when collecting them for recycling. Certain types of pallets are more valuable than others. However, some pallets that are company-branded, such as rental pallets must be returned to their owners. The pallet collector could be held responsible for any unauthorised possession of their proprietary pallets. This photo guide shows the basic types of pallets that a recycler might encounter during their daily operations. Let’s have a closer look.
1. Most popular pallets for recycling
Below is a table listing the most popular footprint sizes and pallet sizes. The dominant size, 48×40 inches, is shown. This list is based upon research that dates back over 15 years. The pallet of 48×40 GMA size has been the most commonly used by the pallet recycling industry. It also accounts for more than 30% of U.S. pallet production. However, other sizes that are not listed above can also be refurbished and stored for future resale, depending on local demand and supply. The 48×48 drum pallet, the 40×40 dairy pallet and the 36×36 beverage palette are examples. GMA-style pallets have been essential in the highly-palletized U.S. consumer goods industry. However, its use has been decreased by the acceptance by CHEP, PECO and iGPS of better quality 48×40-inch rental palls.
2. Larger pallets are useful for dismantling and reutilization
For repairing or building smaller pallets from recycled wood, larger pallets are useful. You can salvage longer pieces from disassembled pallets, and trim them to your desired length. To improve their repair efficiency, pallet recyclers might have many different categories. These could include pallet type, deck board thickness, and pallet condition. Unpopular or too damaged pallets are often taken apart for lumber recovery. Unusable wood can be shredded and sold in a variety of markets.
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3. CHEP Pallets are for the Pallet Recycler
CHEP pallets are the property of CHEP and must be returned to them. Pallet recyclers usually choose one of the following two options. First, refuse to accept CHEP pallets. If a recycler buys pallets from street vendors, or collectors of pallets, they might refuse to accept CHEP or, at the very least, not compensate collectors for them. However, it is not always possible for the inbound CHEP pallets to be stopped from reaching the recycler’s yard. Van trailers may be dropped off at a distribution centre and returned with a load that includes some CHEP Pallets. Recyclers must arrange with CHEP for them to be picked up or returned to the CHEP depot. CHEP offers a program that compensates recyclers for the cost of returning and stockpiling its pallets.
4. Plastic Pallets
Plastic pallets are available in many sizes and shapes. Some pallets can be branded with information about the owner. The U.S. pallet is an example of a proprietary product that must be returned. Postal Service pallet. Plastic pallets can be proprietary and remain the property their owners even if they are left outside. There may be markets for other plastic pallets. These pallets are exempt from international shipping under ISPM-15, so they can be exported. There are markets for used plastic pallets, but the supply of cheap new plastic export pallets reduces the value of these pallets.
5. Opportunities also exist for presswood pallets
Recyclers also come across the presswood pallet. These nestable pallets, which are exempt from ISPM-15, are more rigid than most plastic pallets. They can be accumulated and then resold if volumes allow. Litco International, a U.S. manufacturer has a buyback program that may be of interest to recyclers. Litco International offers pallets both in the U.S. and internationally.
6. iGPS Pallets
Plastic iGPS pallets can be rented as rental pallets. You must arrange to return them to iGPS. Unlike CHEP pallets which tend to accumulate at pallet recyclers and CHEP pallets that accumulate at recyclers, iGPS can also accumulate at recyclers. iGPS installed GPS chips on some of its pallets to track them when they are lost or stolen. According to the company, its technology has helped it lead authorities to store its pallets in unauthorized locations. This was evident in one case. iGPS says it is open to working with retailers.