Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Plastic or Wooden Pallets? The Choice Is Pretty Straightforward

While there is one distinct advantage wooden pallets have over plastic ones – they are biodegradable – there is a whole host of reasons why plastic plastics are, in the long run, preferable to wood when conducting a successful shipping and handling business. One of the chief reasons is durability: to put it simply, plastic pallets can go through a lot more punishment than can wooden ones. Not only is plastic resilient against decomposition, but it’s generally more effective at handling the bumps, bangs, dings, and assorted lacerations that are par for the course in materials handling. Whether you’re running a warehouse operation that provides for a single city, or whether you’re running a long-distance freight truck company that delivers goods to distant States, your best bet for your dollar is going to be in plastic. Generally speaking, plastic pallets have been found to be almost 50 times more durable than their wooden counterparts.

Furthermore, the advantage of a wooden pallet being recyclable gets overwritten by the fact that a plastic pallet can just as easily be recycled. Numerous plastic recycling centers exist in most regions of the United States and southern Canada. These facilities aren’t the type to simply recycle plastic bottles of pop or Poland Spring. They’re fully capable of recycling larger-scale plastic pallets into other, vitally needed products. Not only that, but any company that trades in its plastic waste to one of these recycling centers can make a brisk side-business in terms of cost-savings. And generally speaking, plastic pays higher premiums than does wood or paper.

At Stamar, we not only carry plastic pallets for any variety of application or weight-load, we also are deeply engaged with green recycling. Not only is it cost-effective for our own business, but it’s all part of our strategy to leave less of an industrial footprint from the products we use and supply. To find out more about Stamar’s plastic pallet capabilities, contact us today.


  1. I don't think we should continue chopping trees down for pallets that are hard to recyle. By using "pallets in canada" it is definitely an ecofriendly option.

  2. I don't think we should continue chopping trees down for pallets that are hard to recyle. By using pallets in canada it is definitely an ecofriendly option.

  3. I've been looking to hire a packaging company and I've looked a several companies that use wooden pallets and several that use plastic. I think I will go with people who use wood because they are biodegradable. I think it's important to be mindful of the environment in all aspects of planning your business venture.
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