Frequently Asked Questions about Plastic Pallets

Whether you have been using plastic pallets for years or are yet to make the transition from wooden pallets, we have complied answers to questions that we know can help you through the decision making process. If your question is more specific you can contact us by emailing [email protected] or calling us on +44 (0)1323 744057.

Do you have a question about plastic pallets? We may have the answer!


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  • What are plastic pallets?

    Plastic pallets are a sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to wooden pallets, which are an essential part of the supply chain process used in the storage and transportation of goods.

  • What are the benefits of plastic pallets?

    There are many reasons why you can benefit from using plastic pallets over wooden pallets.

    The Top Benefits of Plastic Pallets over Wooden Pallets

    • Environmentally friendly and can be reground to produce new plastic products
    • Designed and customised for your specific application
    • Unrivalled strength and durability
    • 10 times longer lasting
    • Exempt from ISPM 15 regulations as they do not need to be heat treated
    • Hygienic and easy to clean
    • No potential contamination issues
    • Safer manual handling and easy forklift access
    • Weather and chemical resistant making them suitable for indoor and outdoor use in a range of applications
    • A space and cost saving solution

    For more information on how you can benefit from plastic pallets in your supply chain visit our page about the benefits of plastic pallets.

  • How much do plastic pallets cost?

    Our extensive range of plastic pallets are suitable for all types of application and vary in pricing depending on your requirements. To discuss your needs and to obtain a quote visit our online request form or call our team today on +44 (0)1323 744057 or email [email protected].

  • What are the dimensions of a standard UK plastic pallet?

    The standard size of a UK Plastic Pallet is 1200mm x 1000mm. However we offer plastic pallets that are as small as 400mm x 300mm which are designed for point of sale display positioning and could be as large as our 1400mm x 1400mm nestable skid pallets designed specifically for bulk transportation. Take a look at our Plastic Pallets by Size.

  • Can plastic pallets be recycled?

    YES! When the plastic pallet reaches the end of its working life, it can be collected or sent back to us at Go Plastic Pallets. We then return them to our factory in Belgium, where they are ground into plastic pellet granules. They are then formed into new sustainable plastic pallets.

    We guarantee to take full responsibility for recycling the plastic pallets and boxes we supply. To find out more about our plastic pallet recycling and corporate responsibility, take a look at Our Responsibility Policy.

  • What are the different types of plastic pallet?

    There are over 160 different types of plastic pallets available in our range suitable for a wide range of applications. These vary from lightweight and one-trip pallets to nestable, export, euro and hygienic plastic pallets.

  • What sizes do plastic pallets come in?

    Our catalogue of durable pallets ranges from nestable display pallets with dimensions of 400mm x 300mm to the 1400mm x 1400mm sized pallet designed to aid in the transportation of extra large packages. Not sure of the size of plastic pallet you need? Not a problem; simple call us on +44 (0)1323 744057, email [email protected] or fill in our online request a quote form.

  • Why should I switch to plastic pallets?

    Switching to Plastic Pallets not only reduces the impact on our environment but reduces operating costs due to space saving potential to distributors.

    To understand more about the benefits of plastic pallets and why you should switch away from wooden pallets to be more environmentally responsible take a look at Our Responsibility Policy.

  • Why are plastic pallets more cost effective?

    Our range of Plastic Pallets offer a high level of durability, especially when compared to their wooden counterparts. Plastic pallets can last up to 10 years and as such the cost per use decreases and increases efficiency, therefore saving you money and hassle!

  • Why do plastic pallets last longer than wooden pallets?

    The lifespan of a plastic pallet is longer than a wooden pallet alternative as they are less likely to require maintenance, are easier to clean and less susceptible to material degradation. Plastic pallets don't splinter and can be used time and time again. To understand more about wood vs plastic pallet take a look at our 'Leave the wood. Go plastic.' campaign.

  • What is the difference between static and dynamic load?

    A static load is a weight placed upon a pallet and kept at rest whilst a dynamic load is a loaded pallet that is in motion. This helps to understand what weight a pallet can bear whilst being used for storage in a warehouse and being used in the transportation of goods.

  • What is the most suitable plastic pallet for my application?

    For more advice on selecting the correct plastic pallet for your application take a look at our Buyers Guide. Alternatively please call our specialist team on +44 (0)1323 744057 , email [email protected] or fill in our online request a quote form.

Plastic Pallets by Style

  • What are the different types and styles of plastic pallets?

    The range of plastic pallet styles includes heavy & medium duty, those made from recycled plastic and hygienic plastic pallets. We stock lightweight, one-trip, nestable and stacking plastic pallets, which means that there is always a pallet to suit your application.

  • What are the most popular industries using plastic pallets?

    Our plastic pallets are used in a variety of industries that include the pharmaceutical, food production, automotive as well as the beverage and brewing industry.

    Whilst the applications of plastic pallets within logistics and supply chain are at times obvious, sometimes that requirements are more specific.

    Each week, our client 'Steven Rimmer Eggs' delivers 65,000 weight-graded, quality checked eggs direct from the farm in its refrigerated delivery vans throughout Southport, Merseyside and West Lancashire.

    They required a more hygienic and lighter weight solution to their wooden pallets, which is where our plastic pallets provided the perfect solution. Read more here.

  • How much weight can a plastic pallet hold?

    This can vary but, many of our long-lasting recycled pallets can carry loads of 1250kg when stored in standard beam racking.

  • Can plastic pallets be designed for application?

    Yes! If you cannot find a suitable product in our plastic pallet range then please get in touch to discuss a bespoke design solution for your supply chain requirements. Our specialist team are on hand to guide you through the options and find you the right solution for your application. Call us no on +44 (0)1323 744057, email [email protected] or fill in our online request a quote form.

  • What types of materials are used for plastic pallets?

    High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and Polypropylene (PP) are the two major material groups that go into our plastic pallets. We also use Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), Polyethylene (PE), Polyolefin (PO) and recycled material extracted from household and business plastic waste in the production of our plastic pallets. To learn more about our plastic pallet production process read Our Responsibility Policy.

  • How are plastic pallets categorised?

    Plastic pallets are categorised by style and size. Read our guide to selecting a plastic pallet.

  • What is the best plastic pallet material?

    High-Density Polyethylene and Polypropylene are the most commonly used materials in the production of our plastic pallets, but different materials react and perform differently depending on the application and environment. For example, HDPE pallets will perform better in very low temperatures.

  • What features do plastic pallets have?

    Major features of plastic pallets include stack-ability, which in turn saves money on storage and transportation costs, longevity, the reduced impact to the environment, sustainability, conformity to health and safety regulations - especially in export - and application in specific industries such as food production and distribution. It are these features which make plastic pallets a much better alternative to wooden pallets.

  • What are the advantages of plastic pallets?

    The advantages to using plastic pallets are clear. However, one area that is often forgotten is the stringent import and export regulations associated with the treatment of wooden pallets. Plastic pallets are of course exempt and therefore reduce costs where transportation of good abroad is required.

    Additionally plastic pallets reduce the need for excessive warehouse and transportation space due to bespoke footprint and storage design. Plastic pallets also reduce maintenance time often associated with wooden pallets. If you are in any doubt, take a look at the benefits of plastic pallets.

  • What are the disadvantages of plastic pallets?

    Plastic pallets offer considerable benefits compared to wooden alternatives, and although the initial outlay may be comparatively higher, it offers a comprehensive cost per use saving in the long term. Still not convinced? Take a look at the benefits of plastic pallets.

  • Why should I use plastic pallets instead of wooden pallets?

    Our plastic pallets offer space saving, durability, cost-saving and sustainability benefits over the traditional wooden pallet. Take a look at the benefits of plastic pallets.

  • What colours do plastic pallets come in?

    Our plastic pallets are available in the following colours:

    • black
    • grey
    • blue
    • red
    • green
    • yellow
    • white
    • beige

    Bespoke colour options are available upon request and upon meeting a minimum order quantity. To talk to us about your specific plastic pallet requirements fill in our request a quote form.

  • Are plastic pallets sustainable?

    A major advantage of utilising plastic pallets is the increased level of sustainability delivered from the reduction of waste and an increase in usability whilst also providing space-saving benefits reducing transportation costs. We are The Responsible Plastic Pallet Company and we guarantee to take full responsibility for recycling the plastic pallets and boxes we supply. Read our Responsibility Policy.

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