In addition to pallet reduction and recycling options discussed above, pallet generators may also consider some of the alternative management methods described below.
One kind of recycling alternative for pallet generators is use of third-party pallet management services. Third-party pallet management companies and their networks of individual pallet companies can provide an efficient way to manage used pallets and source pallets for use.
In essence, third-party management companies rent pallets to a user on a per-trip basis. The management company tracks pallets throughout their usage and retrieves them for reuse or refurbishing. Third-party systems often use higher quality pallets, increasing the trips per pallet an average of 20 to 40 times compared to five times when managed by the user. This management method can optimize reuse and recycling and may save the pallet user money and time.
One way to handle excess pallets is through exchanges with other pallet users. These arrangements can be made by the businesses themselves or can be facilitated by local government recycling coordinators and local groups such as a chamber of commerce. Another possibility is finding a sister facility that can exchange pallets with your facility. Exchanges may reduce costs for pallet management and purchase, and may work especially well when participating businesses do not require top-quality pallets. Generators can also make use of an online waste exchange, N.C. WasteTrader to help find home for their wooden pallets.
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