Through a combination of companies throwing away fewer pallets in the first place, and landfill facilities separating out and recycling greater numbers of the pallets they receive, the overall number of pallets entering landfills has dropped from 178.5 million to only 25 million. When taken in tandem with the number of pallets being produced each year, it’s clear how dramatic a difference the efforts taken to recycle wooden pallets have made. In 2016, it’s estimated that 508 million new wooden pallets were manufactured. If 25 million of those ended up in landfills instead of ending their useful lives as wood chips, mulch, or craft projects, that’s a recycling rate of over 95 percent.
Is a zero-waste future possible for the pallet industry? In theory, there’s no reason it shouldn’t be; wood pallets are 100 percent recyclable, with many possible ways to recycle damaged pallet lumber into materials such as mulch or wood chips. Achieving zero waste requires the commitment of companies at every stage of use, from pallet manufacturing and recycling companies to the businesses that use pallets to transport their goods, to the waste disposal companies that receive discarded pallets. In light of recent trends, however, zero waste seems increasingly achievable. Greenway is setting a high bar for the rest of the industry, having sent no pallets to landfills over the last year.
Greenway Products & Services, LLC is the largest pallet remanufacturer and recyclers in NY, NJ, PA, MD,and DE. We also accept scrap wood and landscaping debris from our customers that we turn into valuable resources. Greenway is a highly rated, full-service pallet management company. Contact us for a quote today. Visit our website, greenwaypsllc.com or call us at 732-442-0200. We can deliver trailers to you on a moment’s notice throughout the TNY-NJ-PA-MD-DE area.