According to the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association, the use of wood for making pallets is helpful for the environment because it is reusable and recyclable. Here are a few statistics:
- U.S. industry harvests just 42% of the annual growth in hardwood timber that is biologically available to harvest. This is like using 42% of the interest/dividends you receive on your investments in any given year, without touching the principal. In fact, every year more trees die and rot in the woods than are removed by the industry.
- There are more than 1.8 billion pallets in service in the United States each day. Ninety-three percent of these pallets are made from wood. This figure does not include the many more millions of pallets used to ship goods internationally. More than $400 billion worth of American trade is exported annually on wood pallets and containers worldwide.
- Wood is the only 100% renewable, recyclable and reusable product available. The most commonly used alternative pallets are made from oil and gas, which are limited fossil fuels. aluating the potential impacts associated with identified inputs and releases.
In addition to manufacturing pallets from new lumber, at Hay Creek Companies, we also refurbish used pallets, and recycle the broken ones into other organic material, including: premium wood fuel pellets and shredded wood animal bedding. At the plant in Pittsville, WI, we use a Rotochopper to process reclaimed wood. The nails and hardware are removed in the process and the finished product is ready to utliize.