It’s a question that often comes up when you buy pallets. Should you choose new wooden pallets, recycled pallets, or remanufactured pallets to meet your supply chain needs? While the final decision may simply come down to cost, it’s important to know the difference and fully understand what you’re paying for when you buy pallets.
Let’s talk about each of your wooden pallet options and explain the differences.
The world of recycled pallets can be a bit confusing if you don’t understand the industry lingo and have a clear understanding of what to expect in a wooden pallet that’s been recycled.
To begin with, recycled pallets go by a lot of different names:
No matter what a company chooses to call its recycled pallets, it still amounts to a pallet that is used over and over again until it reaches the point when it can no longer be repaired. While in use, a recycled pallet will be repeatedly repaired by replacing, plating, or plugging deck boards and stringers so that it can maintain its integrity and remain structurally sound.
The vast majority of recycled pallets are 48 x 40 pallets, also known as standard pallets or GMA pallets. This standard pallet size was established by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, now known as the Consumer Brands Association. Even though the company’s name has changed, “GMA pallet” is still the preferred name for the standard-sized pallet. These GMA pallets have notched stringers, seven boards on top, and five boards on the bottom. If you need to buy pallets that are a custom size, then you probably won’t find them in the recycled market, but there are other standard sizes you can also find: