More business owners are relying on used pallets for their operation. These people are considering what makes their company's operations cost-efficient without compromising service or quality.
Business owners prefer recycled used pallets in moving materials around more than ever before. The food industry, paper & printing companies, steel industry, retail and manufacturing companies – all these are markets in which used pallets are utilized. As the economy is rapidly and constantly changing, it is a hands-down decision to choose used pallets.
For those who are just starting out their business, I would suggest that you opt for wooden used pallets as well. Not only because it is my business but because it will help you and the bottom line of your business! The reason I recommend using wooden used pallets rather than plastic is threefold.
1. They are more readily available in a wider variety of sizes.
2. They are less expensive than plastic.
3. It is a renewable resource that improves the recycling resume of your company.
An estimated 50% of the harvested hardwood timber in the USA goes into new wood pallet production. Through the positive response from the companies nationwide, manufacturing new pallets has declined tremendously while an average of 170 million wood pallets is repaired each year.
Wooden used pallets come in several different sizes and types. The most common standard size is the 48×40 GMA used primarily in the food industry. Another common pallet is the CEN Standard, also called a EURO pallet; the ISO Standard and the 1200 x 1200 mm pallet.
The Euro Pallet is widely used in Europe and comes in different sizes as well. The most common is the "Pallet EUR" or sometimes called a "whole pallet" which measures 800 x 1200mm. The ISO-Standard pallets are suitable when you have the racking systems to go with while the 1200 x 1200 mm pallets are used generally for fresh produce and retail business.