Over the last few decades, companies have been switching from wood pallets to plastic pallets. There are many different reasons for this switch, including cost, function, and environmental reasons. Although the initial cost of a plastic pallet may be higher than that of a wood pallet, recyclable plastic pallets last much longer. This allows companies to purchase fewer pallets over time and ultimately saves them money. Plastic pallets can also be designed for almost any function.
Plastic pallets are not simply used for single use and then recycled; they are also used for returnable packing. Returnable packing allows a company to purchase the pallet once and reused them for years. Since the pallets are nestable, the pallets take up less space on the return trip, often equating to less freight costs. This means that plastic pallets will directly reduce shipping costs for most companies. Therefore, plastic pallets overall a better value than wood pallets because plastic pallets are a more durable, cost-efficient, and environmental sound than wood pallets.
Plastic pallets, since they are more durable than wood pallets, are the best option for returnable packaging. They are typically designed to be nestable which will reduce return shipping costs. Our plastic pallets can be thermoformed with numerous customizations options to serve a wide variety of needs. For the food industry, we have FDA approved plastic pallets that help avoid infestation or contamination and don’t require other special packaging. Through thermoforming, we can produce a pallet that meets your returnable packing needs. This includes plastic pallets that can withstand loads anywhere from 50 to 5,000 pounds depending on your specifications and budget.
All of our existing plastic pallets are 100% recyclable, which allows you to recycle your pallets if you no longer require them. Peninsula Plastics has a great buyback program for plastic pallets and trays, which allows our customers to use the credit on future purchases. This is a great cost savings to our customers and allows us to reduce waste and recycle plastic pallets into other useful products. Peninsula Plastics will buy back plastic pallets and trays by the pound, regardless of whether or not you bought them from us. Customers in Mexico do not need to ship plastics the way up to Michigan; we have a recycling plant in Monterrey, Mexico ready to receive your plastics. With that being said, the majority of our pallets are made from 100% recycled material. At time of quote we can tell you how much of your plastic pallets will be made from recycled material, so you can know you are getting an environmentally friendly pallet.
These plastic pallets offer a much better return ratio than wood pallets. When finished with the plastic pallets, they can be neatly stacked using less space, reducing our customers’ overall shipping costs. A nestable pallet has hollow feet that “nest” into the hollows of the pallet below it. This allows many pallets to be easily and safely stacked on top of each other. Nestable pallets are typically shipped in amounts of 30-75 pallets, roughly an 8-foot stack, These stacks are very stable and can easily be moved (or even pushed) with a forklift.
Peninsula Plastics has the capability to thermoform 2 sheets of heavy gauge plastic together to build pallets that can handle massive amounts of weight. Our pallets are so strong that the bottom pallet in a stack can support the entire 8-foot stack.
Export Wood Pallets
Plastic Plastics are the best choice for returnable, recyclable packaging, and thermoforming these plastic pallets is our specialty. However, we can also build heat-treated wooden dunnage, if you need to ship your product and returnable shipping in not an option. Our wooden pallets comply with international shipping codes and eliminate the threat of transfer of foreign insects or microbes between ports of call.