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Plastic2go is an innovative company supporting the freight forward industry and logistics companies in ensuring a competitive edge an excellent customer services. Our used plastic pallets are used for transportation and shipping of various goods, mainly from distributor to the final destination. The goods are stacked on a used plastic pallet, often wrapped with a protective film, net or straps. Alternatively, goods can be stacked onto the used pallet, loaded on a transportation vehicle such as a truck or a train car and shipped to the customer. Plastic Pallets provide protection of shipped goods from mechanical breakage and simplify handling of the goods. Our range of used plastic pallets allows our customers a cost effective alternative to purchasing new plastic pallets for their needs.

High competition in the market has increased the use of used pallets. The demand for used plastic pallets and wood pallets has increased significantly over the last 10 years.

The high pressure from green organisation and the concern to global warming around the world, including strict quarantine conditions, have set the demand for plastic pallets high above the wood alternative. Even higher than the demand for plastic pallets, there was a trend in the freight forward and logistics industry to move into used plastic pallets. Our used plastic pallets are an excellent alternative to the traditional used wood pallets.

Plastic pallets have been available on the market for about 28 years, but recently they have gained significant market presence and continue to grow at an unprecedented rate. The awareness of used plastic pallets has been increasing and many companies use the option of selling and buying used plastic pallets as a cost effective solution to the competition in the materials handling market.

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Applications of Used Plastic Pallets

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Plastic PalletThe international trend has switched towards the use of plastic pallets and they are already in use in a wide range of industries like: Agriculture, Automotive, Building and construction, Clothing, Electronics, Food and groceries, Freight forwarding, Household goods, Logistics, Nurseries, Pharmaceuticals, Rubber and White goods. The life span of a plastic pallet allows the customer to reuse the pallet up to 50 times if used according to the of load and temperature specification. The alternative used pallet has a much shorter life span and therefore is not suitable for resale.

Used Plastic Pallets for Grocery Distribution

In the grocery industry, the standard used wooden pallet is used for many grocery products except but can not support industries dealing with fresh product, food product and not suitable for dairy, health and beauty aids, slow-selling items, and automated meat and frozen food storage systems.

Grocery distribution is the largest potential market for Plastic pallets both in the U.S.A. and in the emerging markets of Asia, Africa and Latin America. The market for used plastic pallets is an increasing market and has high selling potential all around the world.

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Used Plastic Pallets for Warehousing

Used plastic pallets find increasing acceptance in warehousing operations. Used plastic pallets provide better compatibility with automated material handling systems than the traditional used wooden pallet.

.because their strength and durability, used plastic pallets also can be easily stacked to achieve significant savings of valuable warehouse space and shipping costs. Not like the used wood pallet that after a few trips changes it strength, damaged and have splinters that would possibly hurt personal and goods.

Used plastic pallets can also be stored in open areas. Their strength and long life span, their UV protection allows them to handle Sun and rain with no damage.

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Used Plastic Pallets for Food Processing

The food processing industry is using plastic pallets increasingly because of their superior sanitary properties.

Increasing safety and sanitary requirements for food processing further encourage use of Plastic pallets, new and used plastic pallets. Used plastic pallets are resistant to bacteria and fungi, which grow on wooden pallets. Bacteria and fungi increase their presence in used wooden pallets. The hygienic standard of pallets is essential in many industries: food, fruits and vegetable, wine and chemical industry. Using used plastic pallets do not risk the quality of the product as in a used wooden pallet.

Used plastic pallets can be easily cleaned and returned to the distribution network. Wooden products contaminated with bacteria and fungi need to be disposed. The quality of the plastic pallets allow reuse for future resources savings

Recyclable Plastic Pallets can eliminate disposal costs that are constantly growing, especially in countries with limited resources. The use of plastic pallets and the presence of the used plastic pallets in the market, increases wooden resources in any country for other more effective usage for wood.

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Used Plastic Pallets for Agriculture

Because of the advantage of plastic pallets in the agriculture industry, the Health Department in USA is trying to make the use of all wooden containers in fresh produce illegal. Plastic pallets and crates increase hygiene and prevent bacterial spread. The traditional use of used wooden pallets in the agriculture industry is now outdated. The short life span of a pallet and the limitation on load capacity cleared the way to the alternative plastic pallets. In 1999 about 28% of pallets used by farmers were plastic pallets and the number is increasing significantly every year. The estimate is that the agricultural industry dealing with fresh produce will move into total use of plastic pallets, new and used pallets.

In the Nursery Industry used plastic pallets have a high demand today. With the high UV resistance of Plastic pallets, many Nurseries around the world are using them under their seedlings and propagation trays. The presence of water and moist shorten the life span of a used wooden pallets and do not impact the used plastic pallet. In case of damage (mainly human errors) they recycle the plastic pallets at a much lower cost than normal.

The National Association of Pallet Distributors has welcomed the use of used plastic pallets; and raised the concern for critical shortage of used pallets.

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Plastic2go Used Plastic Pallets

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Plastic PalletOur plastic pallets are a result of many years of continued and extensive research, development and use, offering a cost-effective solution to diverse materials handling requirements, as well as offering many benefits over traditional materials, such as wooden pallets.

Our used plastic pallets require little or no cost for repair and maintenance, which reduces pallet costs per trip by up to 75%, resulting in a faster return on investment.

Our used plastic pallets offer high dimensional stability with variation of loads, from light-weight, through medium-duty up to heavy-duty.

Our used plastic pallets are waterproof. They can handle different types of weather and a wide range of temperatures, from sub freezing temperature to temperatures as high as 85℃, which makes them ideal for food, pharmaceuticals, automated warehouses and or outdoor storage.

Our used plastic pallets are resistant to humidity and therefore are most suitable for transportation of products that must stay dry, like chocolate, coffee, paper products, pharmaceuticals, exotic wooden products, cement, spices, cereal and dry minerals.

Our used plastic pallets are resistant to bacterial contamination under a wide range of operating temperatures. This makes them suitable for food handling, automated warehouses and outdoor storage.

Our used plastic pallets are moulded, which makes their stacking much more efficient inside a warehouse, in a truck and in a shipping container. Therefore, it is cost-effective in saving storage space.

Our used plastic pallets weigh 30-50% less than same-dimension wooden pallets or load carriers. This makes them cost-effective for shipping and storage.

Our used plastic pallets have no sharp edges, no nails and no splinters, so they minimise the damage to personnel and goods and are safe and easy to handle. Those qualities found to be effective in enhancing safety in the material handling industry both for workers and for products

Our used plastic pallets are easy to clean. You can wash them with high pressure or, if needed, sterilize them at temperatures up to 120℃. This will not affect their quality as with used wood pallets.

Our used plastic pallets are non-absorbent and neutral to odours and tastes. This makes them suitable for pharmaceutical or food applications. This quality makes our plastic pallets much more hygienic!

Our used plastic pallets are environmentally friendly. They reduce the chopping down of trees by replacing wooden pallets, thereby decreasing global warming. Every time using used plastic pallets, the effect on reducing global warming is doubled.

Our plastic pallets are 100% recyclable. When damaged, our plastic pallets can be remoulded and allow allocation of wood resources into products that cannot be replaced by plastic.

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Used Plastic Pallets vs. Used Wooden Pallets

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Plastic PalletUsed wooden pallets have been the traditional tool for re-usage of pallets. Used Plastic pallets have significant advantages over their wooden counterparts. Due to their strength and design, used plastic pallets are more durable than wooden pallets. The average plastic pallet’s life ranges from 50 to 500 trips (depending on its type) versus 10 to 50 trips for the wooden products, which then need to be repaired. That’s about ten times more durable. This quality itself is the main reason for the growth in the used plastic pallets industry.

Safety using used plastic pallets

Used Plastic pallets are safer to handle than used wooden pallets due to the design, smooth finishing and lower weight.

Used Plastic pallets have significantly lower weight than used wooden pallets. Using the plastic pallets decreases workers’ compensation and insurance costs associated with back injuries from lifting.

Used Plastic pallets have no sharp edges, no nails and no splinters. Using plastic pallets lessens insurance costs associated with workers’ injuries and damage to goods. The damage to used wooden pallets increases with every use and higher the possibility of damage to goods and personnel caused by nails and splinters.

Space Savings using used plastic pallets

Just like new plastic pallets, the used Plastic pallets are space saving in comparison to wooden pallets and therefore decrease shipping and storage costs.

Plastic pallets, in contrast to the wooden products, can be easily stacked on top of each other even outside in all weather conditions and save storage space. Using plastic pallets that are used does not change this quality.

A stack of ready-to-go nested Plastic pallets will use less than half the space of a similar number of wooden pallets. Nesting allows distribution centres to have a supply of products on hand ready for shipment. Used pallets do not change this quality. Stacked unused plastic pallets are cheaper to transport – approximately 40% less space and weight.

Ease of Use of used plastic pallets

Used Plastic pallets are easier to handle than used wooden products because of uniformity, variety of design and ease of manoeuvrability.

Uniformity of plastic pallets on factory assembly lines causes fewer stoppages by size differences. Plastic pallets are moulded. Used plastic pallets are still 100% identical to one another in size. This quality allows easy calculation of measurement for shipping and storage. They are also easy to use with robots and assembly lines.

Plastic pallets offer a wider variety of designs than wooden products. There are about 500 kinds of pallet to suit different needs, sizes and load requirements.Plastic2go is an exchange hub for used plastic pallets and the range of used plastic pallets we carry are subject to availability.

Plastic pallets offer easy handling with loading equipment such as forklifts or pallet jacks. Plastic pallets are lighter than wooden pallets. Therefore, Plastic pallets have an advantage in manoeuvring by human hand. Used pallets do not change their weight and strength, unlike the wooden option that changes weight and strength with presence of water or within 5 -10 trips.

Versatility of used plastic pallets

Plastic pallets are more versatile than wooden pallets.

Used Plastic pallets can be used in cold and warm conditions from -22℃ to +60℃ (-40℉ to +140℉) with no damage, unlike wooden pallets, which are damaged by even mild changes in temperature and cannot be reused.

Used Plastic pallets have a very high UV rate. They can be stored outside in rain, wind and sun, which have little to no damaging effect. Wooden pallets are sensitive to the elements, which shorten their life span drastically and limit their ability to be reused.

Ease of Cleaning of used plastic pallets

Plastic pallets are much more hygienic than wooden pallets. The hygienic properties of plastic pallets are extremely important in agriculture, food and pharmaceutical industries.

Plastic pallets are easy to clean with solvents, steam or water, while wooden pallets are damaged in contact with solvents, steam and water. Plastic pallets can be steam-cleaned with temperatures up to 120℃. This quality explains the long life span of the used plastic pallet and the short life of the used wood pallet.

Since Plastic pallets are not a substrate for bacteria, fungus and insect contamination, unlike wooden pallets. Our used plastic pallets can be reused many times while the continued use of wooden pallets increases the sensitivity to bacteria, fungus and insect contamination with every use.

Plastic pallets do not absorb water and are impervious to acids, fats and solvents. They can be reused and will not be affected whereas wooden pallets are most sensitive to acids, fats and solvents which shortens its life.

Durability of used plastic pallets

Plastic pallets are very strong and designed to be more durable than wooden pallets. The average plastic pallet’s life ranges from 50 to 500 trips (depending on its type) versus 10 to 50 trips for the wooden products which then need to be repaired. This allows the used plastic pallet to be reused ten times more than the used wooden one.

Cost Efficiency of used plastic pallets

Used Plastic pallets are much more cost-effective relative to used wooden pallets because of their durability. The cost of a used plastic pallet ranges from as low as US$10.00 up to US$35.00 with the average price about US$18. The average cost of a used wooden product is about US$9. However, on a per trip basis, used plastic pallets are by far more cost-effective than used wooden pallets.

There are other costs associated with continuously purchasing wooden pallets and maintaining them, as opposed to used plastic pallets. There are also costs associated with warehousing because of damage to shipped products due to broken used wooden pallets or damage caused by nails or splinters. Used Plastic pallets are durable and save cost on insurance on returned products.

Plastic pallets are significantly lighter than wooden products. Plastic pallets weigh 2-4 times less than wooden pallets. The lower weight of plastic pallets results in savings of shipping costs, especially for air transportation. In the used pallet range this quality remains an advantage for the used plastic pallet over the used wooden pallets.

Plastic pallets are cost-effective in their quarantine procedures. In some countries the quarantine regulation is so strict that the load on wooden pallets will be removed in order to treat the wood from bacteria, fungus and insects contamination. This procedure is time consuming and costly.

Most plastic pallets are fully recyclable. This is a very important issue when governments around the world enforce strict environmental policies and regulations. In some countries, the use of environmentally friendly plastic pallets can result in significant cost savings and attract governmental support and subsidies. Used Plastic pallets made of recycled plastic are available at a lower cost.

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Advantages of Used Plastic Pallets

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  1. Used Plastic pallets are easier to handle than wooden pallets.
  2. Used Plastic pallets can have a 4-way entry.
  3. Used Plastic pallets offer wider variety of designs than wooden pallets.
  4. Used plastic pallets save quarantine fees and time consuming procedures.
  5. Used Plastic pallets offer easier handling with loading equipment such as forklift or pallet jack.
  6. Used plastic Pallets are lighter and are safer to handle comparatively to wooden products. Lower weight of Plastic pallets decreases worker compensation and insurance costs associated with back injuries from lifting pallets.
  7. Used Plastic pallets are safer for use because of smooth design with no nails or splinters. Plastic pallets usage supports a good delivery of product and is cost-effective in insurance to product delivered.
  8. Used Plastic pallets in contrast to wooden counterparts can be easily stacked on top of each other and are save space.
  9. A stack of ready-to-go nested used Plastic pallets will occupy less than half the space a similar number of wooden pallets might. Nesting makes it easy for distribution centres to have a supply of the pallets on hand ready for shipment.
  10. Used Plastic pallets can be stored outside with no damage and saves factory space.
  11. Used Plastic pallets are identical to each other and comply with required specifications for dimensions, weight, and load capacity. This is a very important feature for automated material handling and shipping.
  12. Used Plastic pallets are easy to clean. Plastic pallets are much more hygienic than wooden products. They are easy to clean with solvents, steam or water and are not a substrate for bacteria, fungus and insect contamination as is the case for wooden products.
  13. Used Plastic pallets do not absorb water and are impervious to acids, fats and solvents. Hygienic properties of Plastic pallets are extremely important in agriculture, food and pharmaceutical industries.
  14. Used Plastic pallets provides more attractive product displays in retail application because of colour options
  15. Used Plastic pallets are strong and durable. Plastic pallets can withstand deep freezing conditions as well as open and extreme sun conditions.
  16. Used Plastic pallets usage minimise the need for costly pallet repairs.
  17. Used plastic pallets can not be used for firewood by employees.

Frequently Asked Questions about Used Plastic Pallets

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