How are plastic pallets made?
This entry was posted on January 12, 2020.
96% of our plastic pallets are made from recycled materials.
The materials we recycle include plastic pallets and boxes that have come to the end of their life and household waste like plastic bottles.
All of the plastic is collected and ground down into plastic granules, which are then moulded into plastic pallets.
Despite being made from recycled plastic, our recycled plastic pallets are extremely strong and durable, lasting up to 10 years.
The remaining 4% of our plastic pallets are made from virgin materials. This is because they are used in applications within the food or pharmaceutical industries where stringent controls are in place to safeguard the levels of hygiene in both production and transportation.
Can plastic pallets be recycled?
Yes! That is exactly the point with plastic pallets. They can be recycled and turned into new plastic pallets, therefore keeping the life cycle of the pallet closed.
This is obviously the complete opposite to wooden pallets, which once broken cannot be turned into new pallets. Their production is also a contributing factor in deforestation.
Where can you recycle plastic pallets?
Here at Goplasticpallets.com! As an Accredited Exporter of plastic packaging waste we help our customers, and the environment, by collecting back the plastic pallets and boxes we supply at the end of their long use and professionally recycling them so they don’t end up in landfill – or our world’s oceans!
In 2019 we recycled over 250 tonnes of plastic and our aim is to increase that by 30% in 2020.
The plastic we collect is then taken to our fully licenced factory in Belgium where we can manage every aspect of the recycling process.
But why Belgium? Because the infrastructure and expertise required to produce heavy duty, long lasting plastic pallets does not currently exist in the UK. Our factory in Belgium has invested in their facilities and have the expertise to deliver high quality, recycled plastic pallets that improve the logistics and automation of the businesses we work with.
Not only can plastic pallets be recycled, which is high on our agenda in terms of our responsibility to the planet, but with Brexit looming it is worth noting that plastic pallets are exempt from ISPM Regulations. Just some additional food for thought.