Why Use Reconditioned Wooden Pallets?

Wooden pallets form the cornerstone of the world economy, playing an essential part in global supply chains. Conservative estimates suggest that as many as two billion pallets are in use at any one time across the world. Many haulage companies reuse the same pallets over and over again, since a well-made pallet is highly-durable and can be reused multiple times, with care.

Of course, nothing lasts forever. The day-to-day wear and tear incurred during shipping can eventually lead to a pallet being too broken down for safe and effective use. Fortunately, wooden pallets can be repaired and reconditioned, giving them a whole new lease of life.

So what exactly are reconditioned wooden pallets and why should you be using them?

A reconditioned or repaired wooden pallet is any broken timber pallet that has been restored to its former condition. The process for doing this varies, depending on the specific issues with the pallet in question. Common forms of pallet repair include:

Is It Safe?

Some haulage customers wonder if reconditioned pallets are safe compared to new wooden pallets and that’s a fair question. At Chris Reynolds Pallets, we can confirm that all our used pallets are reconditioned to the same standard as pallets that are straight off the production line.
They are all heat-treated to meet ISPM-15 standards and are repaired using the same techniques that we use when manufacturing our new wooden pallets. Any pallets that are too far gone to be effectively reconditioned are instead mulched for recycling.

Since high-quality wooden pallets can be repaired and reconditioned several times over their lifetime, they are a great way to prove your company’s green credentials. Reconditioning damaged pallets doesn’t just save the trees that would have to be cut down to make new, replacement pallets. It also saves the energy required to harvest those trees, mill the wood, construct the pallet, and heat-treat the finished product. With many transport companies having an unavoidably large carbon footprint, using reconditioned wooden pallets is an effective way to reduce it.

Wood prices are on the rise across the globe and this is affecting every industry sector, including shipping and haulage. Choosing to replenish your pallet stock with reconditioned wooden pallets, rather than newly-manufactured pallets is a smart business decision. Not only are you likely to save money, but you become more mindful of how your company manages its resources.

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