Pallets are an indispensable commodity for any company that stores or transports things on an industrial scale. Large-scale apparel wholesalers have to store their products in warehouses, but they must also be accessible in case an order calls for them. Agriculture supply companies need to safely and securely store drums of fertilizer in a way that conserves space and provides for accessibility.
In each of the contexts in which pallets are applied, companies trust their product stock to their pallets. Whether or not pallets will maintain their integrity is not a question that any warehouse director or shipping coordinator wants to keep in mind. If a pallet fails and destroys its load, it compromises productivity, profitability and in some cases workplace safety.
Wooden pallets, which can splinter, disassemble or become crushed in transit are often not suitable for reuse. They are either disposed of or chipped in many cases.
Plastic pallets’ strength, sturdiness and durability allow them to perform for years under normal circumstances. They can be engineered to be shatter proof, impact-absorbent and resistant to corrosion and inhospitable temperatures.
Plastic pallets are more hygienic than wood pallets and can be pressure washed and sterilized at high temperatures. They are non-porous, non-absorbent and can be impervious to odors, acids, fats, solvents, molds and bacteria.
Recent studies published by the National Consumers League determined that a significant percentage of a selection of wooden pallets used for food distribution tested positive for E. Coli and Listeria contamination; the risk for similar contamination is all but eliminated in plastic pallets.
When a plastic pallet does reach the end of its usable life, the material can be washed and recycled. Recycled plastic pallets can be used to create more plastic pallets or other plastic material. Most plastic pallets are made from high-density polyethylene, or HDPE, which gives the pallets their sturdiness.
This material, when recycled, can be used to make new, quality plastic products of many varieties.