By Jena Williams

Continuing to use old, damaged pallets is a danger to workers, product and your reputation. Don’t do it! Train workers to mark damaged pallets out-of-service and keep plenty of quality pallets available.

In an article called Pallet Safety , author William Nowell notes that, “Pallet inspection programs are critical…[to] limit or prevent the unnecessary costs associated with human safety, physical damage and reputation of the company.” Weak, cracked or unstable pallets need to be removed from the work area, but how do you dispose of them?

I would love to hear from you (both management and workers) on your experiences with good and bad pallets. How have they impacted your work? Is there a pallet graveyard at your company or how have you found new homes for them?

The North American Pallet Recycling Network connects businesses that need to dispose of pallets with local recyclers. I’m optimistic that the recyclers are not putting damaged pallets back into circulation, but rather are repairing or using them for some other purpose.

Has anyone tried listing in the “Free” section of or If not usable for pallets, or art or whatever, can they still be used to burn as wood heat?

I know we Washingtonian’s are big into recycling, so how ‘bout recycling some ideas below about how your company handles the issue of damaged pallets.


North American Pallet Recycling Network:

Rainier Pallet and Crating:

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