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Keeping pallet wood out of landfills

Updated: Jan 12, 2021

Pallet Guys strive to reduce waste through the reuse and recycling of freight shipping byproducts. Wood pallets are a significant source of landfill waste in the United States with more than 2 billion pallets in circulation at any give time.

EPA measures the generation, recycling, composting, combustion with energy recovery and landfilling of wood materials in MSW.

Pallets are estimated to account for over 90 percent of total wood packaging. EPA based its generation and recycling methodologies for wood pallets on market research report data, combined with data from the Center for Forest Products Marketing and Management at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute. In 2018, the generation of wood in MSW was 18.1 million tons. This equaled 6.2 percent of total MSW generation that year.

EPA estimated wood pallet recycling (usually by chipping for uses such as mulch or bedding material, but excluding wood combusted as fuel) at 3.1 million tons in 2018 for a 17.1 percent recycling rate.

The total amount of wood in MSW that was combusted in 2018 was 2.8 million tons. This was 8.2 percent of MSW combusted with energy recovery that year.

In 2018, landfills received 12.2 million tons of wood. This was 8.3 percent of all MSW landfilled that year.

We are finding that many of our customers lack the resources to efficiently dispose of their shipping/receiving byproducts, which is where Pallet Guys come in. At no cost to our customers, we will haul-off all discarded wood pallets, corrugated cardboard, drums and various other items, leaving our customers with the time and space required to operate efficiently.

Pallet Guys will then align these byproduct materials with local recyclers, reclamation facilities and repair specialists, resulting in repurposing and recycling of materials that would have otherwise ended up in landfills.

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