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Environmental Assistance and Customer Service - Small Generators Tips

Environmental Assistance and Customer Service

Wooden Pallets

Small Generators Tips

If your business generates only a few pallets, and your local government does not have a pallet recycling program or a private pallet recycler is unwilling to collect a small quantity of pallets, here are some ideas:

  • Band Together With Other Small Businesses

    If you are located in an office park or strip mall, ask other neighboring businesses if they generate pallets. If businesses in a condensed area collectively generate enough pallets, a pallet recycler may become interested in providing pallet collection services.
  • Piggyback With Large Businesses

    If there is a large business near you that contracts with a pallet recycler, ask if you can incorporate your small quantity of pallets with theirs.
  • Contact A ‘Pallet Jockey’

    Almost every community has a small quantity pallet collection infrastructure. Often called “pallet jockeys” or “pallet scavengers,” these entrepreneurs can be seen with loads of pallets strapped to their pick-up trucks. Since pallet jockeys sell the collected pallets to large pallet recyclers, large pallet recyclers may be able to recommend a pallet jockey or two that can assist you. Call pallet recyclers as well as local government contacts to inquire about pallet jockeys in your area.
  • Post A ‘FREE’ Sign

    Pallets can be made into anything from firewood and compost bins to chicken coops and garden planters. It’s really up to the creator. You can also post your free wooden pallets on Craigslist or on a local gardening listserv or even in a classified ad in the local newspaper. It should be noted that some pallets are not suitable for use as firewood in residential settings.
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