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Buyers Guide

It’s time to Go Plastic!

Welcome to Goplasticpallets.com’s Buyers’ Guide, the essential tool for selecting the plastic pallet best suited to your business.

This guide has been designed to give you a taster of the different types of plastic pallet available and identify the features, benefits and uses of each.

Established in 2001, we are the UK’s leading supplier of plastic pallets. We offer expert knowledge and advice across our range of 125 plastic pallets. Plus, we provide immediate quotes and next-day delivery on all stock items.

We are the sole UK distributor of IPS and SmartFlow pallets manufactured in Belgium, and Q-Pall pallets manufactured in the Netherlands, and have close links with a number of other plastic pallet manufacturers across Europe and Asia, which ensures we offer the most comprehensive and competitive product range.

Innovations in plastic pallets over the last 10 years have seen a greater variety of sizes, styles and specifications introduced to the market. With better choice than ever, plastic pallets continue to offer a cleaner, safer and tougher alternative to wood.

If you've been using the humble wooden pallet out of habit, perhaps now it’s time to Go Plastic!

What you'll find in this guide

  1. Why go plastic?
  2. Export pallets
  3. Nestable pallets
  4. Non-perimeter pallets
  5. Full-perimeter pallets
  6. Hygienic pallets
  7. Display pallet
  8. Spill control pallets

Why go plastic?

Not convinced about plastic pallets? Just look at all the benefits.

100% size and strength consistent

Plastic pallets are moulded under extreme pressure in highly polished moulds, ensuring consistent dimensional accuracy and loading capacities.

Long-lasting, an investment for the future

Plastic pallets have a life span of up to ten years, and sometimes more. This means they can last ten times longer than wooden pallets, offering an excellent return on investment.

Recyclable, environmentally friendly

Not only are many of our pallets manufactured from recycled HDPE, they are also recyclable, so at the end of their long working life they can be reground to produce new plastic products.

Exempt from ISPM15 regulations

Plastic pallets are exempt from International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No.15 (ISPM15), which addresses the need to treat wooden pallets shipped between countries, offering a hassle-free option for export consignments.

Safe handling, with no nails or splinters

There are no nails, sharp edges or splinters, and no risk of loose component parts breaking free under manual lifting conditions and causing injury to operatives.

No mould or dust contamination issues

There are no hidden pockets or areas where dirt and dust can collect, so surfaces remain contaminant- free.

Hygienic, smooth surfaces, free from impurities

Totally smooth sealed surfaces prevent impurities accumulating in the pallet’s structure, essential for hygienic areas and clean rooms.

Easily cleaned, impervious to moisture, weak acids and alkalis

As plastic pallets are water-resistant, they can be repeatedly washed and steam cleaned manually or with an automated system. They are also impervious to moisture, weak acids and alkalis.

Colour choice and customisation

With a number of distinctive colours to choose from, including two-colour combinations, and a variety of printing options for customisation, plastic pallets have never looked better!

Export Pallets

Ideal for

Export consignments and avoiding the ISPMI5 regulations for heat treating wood packaging.

Key features

Specially designed for one-way trips or limited use.

Key benefits

Low-cost – cost-effective for exporters.

Lightweight – manufactured from low-grade recycled plastic or mixed material.

Hassle-free – exempt from ISPMI5 regulations.

Specification

  • Available in different sizes and styles.
  • Available with open or closed top deck.
  • Full-perimeter varieties offer racking up to 1,000kg.
  • Super lightweight model weighs just 3.2kg.
  • Nestable versions save space in transportation.
  • Longer-life varieties available for multi-use.

Nestable Pallets

Ideal for

Lightweight applications, static storage, closed loops, one-way trips and multi-use.

Key features

Low cost and lightweight.

Key benefits

Economic – nestable design reduces transportation costs.

Lightweight – manufactured from low-grade recycled plastic.

Space-saving – stacks up to 50 pallets high when empty.

Specification

  • Lightweight design with models weighing between 3.2kg and 6.7kg.
  • Available in different sizes.
  • Available with open or closed top deck.
  • Optional clip-on runners for double stacking.
  • Ultra-light racking loads.

Non Perimeter Pallets

Ideal for

General use, automation and powered hand trucks.

Key features

Rigid top deck mounted on runners offering high strength and a long working life.

Key benefits

Loading-capacity – suitable for medium to heavy loads, stronger than nestable pallets.

Rackable – four-way access permits easy beam racking up to 1,250kg.

Strength – strong, rigid structure suitable for repeated use.

Specification

  • Three runners as standard along pallet length.
  • Manufactured from recycled or virgin plastic, or mixed material.
  • Available in different sizes.
  • Available with open or closed top deck.
  • Coloured black as standard.
  • Colour options available in virgin materials for large orders.

Full-perimeter pallets

Ideal for

General medium and heavy duty applications with racking, automation, invertors, robots and all types of mechanical handing equipment (MHE). The most widely used type of pallet.

Key features

Rigid top deck on a full-perimeter base offering a strong and hardwearing alternative to traditional wooden pallets and a long working life.

Key benefits

Reusable – strong, rigid structure and designed for long term repeated use.

Rackable – full perimeter base allows easy racking in either direction with rackable loads generally up to 1250kg.

Automation – 100% dimensional accuracy makes well-suited for automated systems.

Specification

  • Manufactured from recycled or virgin plastic, or mixed material.
  • Available in different sizes.v
  • Available with open or closed top deck.
  • Coloured black as standard.Colour choices available in virgin materials for large orders.
  • Options include edge lips, RFID inserts and screen printed ID.

Hygienic pallets

Ideal for

Food and pharmaceuticals and other industries where hygiene is of prime importance.

Key features

Totally smooth sealed top deck, full compliance with EU safety legislation.

Key benefits

Optimum hygiene – designed to meet the most stringent hygiene requirements.

Contaminant-free – no pockets or areas where dirt and dust can collect.

Water-resistant – easily cleaned manually or with an automated system.

Specification

  • Highest quality food-grade virgin or recycled plastic.
  • Full-perimeter, non-perimeter or nine feet versions available.
  • Available in two sizes 1200 x 1000mm and 1200 x 800mm.
  • Seven single colours available from stock.
  • Special colours and 84 two-colour varieties available for orders of 500+.
  • Options include edge lips, RFID inserts and screen printed ID.

Display Pallet

Ideal for

Point-of-sale displays in supermarkets, garden and hardware stores and other retail outlets.

Key features

Specially designed to fit a 7mm plastic or cardboard sleeve to form a box.

Key benefits

Hassle-free – product can be transferred directly to the shop floor, saving the hassle of unpacking.

Environmental savings – generates minimum packaging waste.

Attractive – plastic pallets look attractive on the shop floor encouraging impulse purchases.

Specification

  • Pallet measures 800mm (L) x 600mm (W) x 130mm (H).
  • Manufactured from recycled black HDPE as standard or virgin HDPE.
  • Available with open or closed top deck, with or without edge lips.
  • Nests up to 78 pallets high, saving space in storage and transportation.
  • Stacks for use with pallet loading cassettes and automated systems.
  • Colour options and moulded inserts available for large orders.

Spill control pallets

Ideal for

Safe storage of liquids and hazardous substances. Used in the automotive, chemical, electronics, marine and waste management industries.

Key features

Specially designed to contain leaks and spillages.

Key benefits

Economic – avoid costs associated with environmental damage and employee illness.

Corrosion-resistant – unaffected by most chemicals and rust-free.

Safe – pallets comply with latest legislation, including Controls of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2011, Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAWA), and Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH).

Specification

Products in the spill control range include:

  • Retenkit floor tiles that protect floor and feet from acids, alkalis and seawater.
  • Sump pallets that offer easy placement and have supportive grills.
  • Drum top bund pallets with circular recesses that provide safe storage of drums and their contents.

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