In the society that we live in today, there has been a societal shift. It is common to see more and more people looking to help the environment by recycling any product they have that can be recycled. No matter what the product is, if it can be recycled, it is now the norm to “blue bin it!” But it goes beyond putting a few bottles or pieces of cardboard into your recycling bin. Larger companies are finding it in their best interest to recycle or reuse or repair their products for a number of reasons. It will save the company money, it will help reduce the amount of emissions that go into landfills across the world, and it is the safe thing to do. In the pallet industry specifically, McIntosh Box and Pallet find themselves constantly reusing old pallets, repairing the pallets that are broken and even recycling old pallets when they have reached a point where they are no longer useable. As always McIntosh has the facts to back this practice. Like I always say, just sit back and relax. All you have to do is read, we’ve done the research for you!
First off, we need to clear the air. I know there is some confusion on the difference between what it means to repair and what it means to recycle. Most pallet companies look to repair their pallets that may be missing boards, that may have a screw loose or if there are damages that can be fixed. These pallets are usually sent back to the shop, repaired and then sent back out as a B grade pallet. On the flip side, when a company looks to recycle a pallet, it usually past the point of repair. So the pallet has been used to the point where the wear and tear over time is past the point of repair. It would cost more to repair it essentially. These pallets typically are then “up-cycled”. Which means the wood from the pallets are then used to make wood chips, mulch, particle board or even bedding for animals. The pallet is being put to use eve after its time of being a pallet is over.
So why should you repair your pallets? There are three reasons we have found that show how important repairing pallets actually is.
The first one is obvious, repairing pallets will help a company save money. If the company is repairing their old pallets, they don’t have to continually purchases the new pallets. They can send the pallets back to their manufacturers and they can be fixed in house for a lesser cost. This will allow for companies to use their pallets for a longer time, getting their money’s worth.
Another benefit is that reusing pallets will help to improve the environment. Some businesses will see that a pallet is broken and they will just discard the pallets into landfills where they will sit and rot. If a company is reusing their pallets then they are freeing the landfills of disposal and waste, which will help to reduce emissions. This will also help companies save money on energy because they won’t be utilizing the tools to make new pallets. And this will help to save the trees, a valuable resource when it comes to making pallets.
Lastly reusing pallets also provides a safety benefit. Think about it, if your load of produce is being sent across the country on a broken pallet, there are many risks involved. The pallet itself could harm the individual taking the load off the truck. The pallet could snap during the delivery process, which could then damage the products on the pallet and the surrounding products. Broken pallets are safety hazard plain and simple. Repairing these broken pallets will save the people handling the pallets day in and day out from potential harm.
So there ya have it. A few no brainers in there, but it is important that these benefits are highlighted. So many companies who provide pallets to other companies have refined their processes to not only be efficient, but to be safe and cost efficient. Pallets are an important piece to the supply chain process and if products are being shipped across the world every day, it is important that these pallets are safe to use and also help the companies save money. McIntosh Box and Pallet continually perfects their products so that the industry is safe and the customers are satisfied. If you aren’t repairing your pallets, you should probably start. As you can see, it’s pretty beneficial. Until next time readers!