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Pallet Facts

  • The majority of wood pallets are recycled or repaired dozens of times before they are deemed unusable due to quality concerns.   Over 97% of wood pallets are further recycled into mulch, wood pellets, or animal bedding once they have reached the end of their life.

  • New wood pallets are approximately 20% of the cost of a new plastic pallet. Why spend $40.00 when you could spend $10.00?

  • Did you know that China recently surpassed Japan as the largest importer of hardwood chips?

  • The majority of students and young professionals are severely misinformed about the environmental impacts of timber harvesting, and believe the state of forests in the U.S. is much worse than it actually is.

  • Clear-cutting is a form of harvesting a large area of trees by mimicking natural wildfires. It is viewed as an ecologically sound technique for reforesting many softwood species as they require direct sunlight to grow.

  • Today, over half a billion pallets are made each year and about two billion pallets are in use across the U.S. alone.

  • Did you know weather can play a major role in creating lumber shortages. Persistent, nuisance rains impact the ability to grow and harvest low grade hardwoods.

  • Most pallets can easily carry a load of  2,205 lbs (1,000 kg).

  • Did you know old growth trees are defined as large trees that are over 200 years in age. There are numerous legal and regulatory prohibitions that keep old-growth trees safe from logging, road building and even fire fighting.

  • Many people believe we're cutting more than we're growing for future generations. In actuality forest growth has exceeded harvest since the 1940's.

  • Wood pallets are made from trees - a naturally occurring and renewable resource.  In most cases they are manufactured from the “waste” wood that is discarded by other industries such as furniture, construction, and woodworking.

  • Reforestation is the process of harvesting trees in order for more total land area to be used to produce more trees.

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