East Industries offers new, recycled, and remanufactured pallets. While some companies, such as those distributing healthcare products, pharmaceuticals or foodstuffs, may require the use of new pallets, most companies are able to realize significant savings by shipping with recycled or remanufactured pallets.

What’s the difference?

nailmachineNEW: No part of a new pallet has ever been previously used as part of another pallet. With no wear and tear, new pallets obviously look better, but more important, shippers can be certain that the wooden components have a cosmetically appealing appearance and a phytosanitary consistency.

RECYCLED: May also be known as RECONDITIONED or REFURBISHED. As the wise old saying goes, “Everybody drives a used car.” The moment you drive a new car off the lot, it’s used. The same is true for a pallet… the only time it’s truly new is the first time it leaves your loading dock.

Careless lift operators, overloading, and other causes of damage almost never ruin an entire pallet. Typically, replacing a few deck boards, blocks or stringers will bring a pallet back up to specifications. Our process includes transporting pallets back to our processing center, inspecting for damage, sorting by work required, removing damaged parts, and then making the necessary repairs – replacing damaged parts to return the pallet to structural integrity and appearance.

Unless your industry standards or legal requirements mandate the use of new pallets, from a cost standpoint it makes a lot of sense to utilize “recycled” pallets.

REMANUFACTURED: This type of pallet has been assembled completely from reclaimed lumber stripped from other pallets, or it may be a combination of new and recycled components.