Selling used pallets?

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Does anybody know what price used pallets can fetch selling them to pallet recyclers? I have access to an 18 wheeler and a driver, so I am just wondering what sort of prices they seem to fetch. I would haul in a full load of decent quality pallets (53 foot trailer with 720 to 960 pallets). As well, does anybody know who to call to sell them? I have phoned one pallet recycler but I get caught in [censored] on hold and eventually their system hangs up on me. I am thinking just phone pallet suppliers in the phone book to see who will take them.
 
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Empty pallets strike me as the ultimate backhaul. Wonder why more don't make it back where they come from. If I were you, I'd advertise on craigslist, you never know who wants them for a bonfire etc at perhaps above market price. I myself am looking for used 55 gal poly food grade barrells but have no idea where to get 'em.
 

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Well, looking at the prices for them, $2 to $3 is going rate. New construction pallets sell for nearly $20, and the used resell after grading/repair for $8 to $10. I found a place that will buy them, have a variety of people and equipment able to haul them for a share, and I know places are looking to get rid of them as spring cleaning. A 80" by 16 foot trailer will haul 192, a 53 foot deck trailer will haul 800+. At $3 each, 192 pays $576 and it can be towed with a half ton.
 
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 Originally Posted By: eljefino
Empty pallets strike me as the ultimate backhaul. Wonder why more don't make it back where they come from. If I were you, I'd advertise on craigslist, you never know who wants them for a bonfire etc at perhaps above market price. I myself am looking for used 55 gal poly food grade barrells but have no idea where to get 'em.
For the food grade barrels call up a farm supply store, they should have some or know who does. We cut one in half for a pair of waterers. I didn't know pallets were so cheap, I usually go on a late night pallet run every couple years and pick up ones that are easily accessible. Sort of stealing I guess, I should probably just buy them...
 
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If any are "non-coniferous" pallets they are worth a bit more. You can't ship on pallets made of conifers to Europe and many other countries. They will have a stamp like this
 
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Company I work for used to pay to have old/used pallets hauled off. Have since found someone that takes them for free. What he does with them, I have no idea.
 
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Honda ships some of their stuff on pallets made out a strange wood of which I cannot figure out the variety. They make excellent kindling, we call it "Japanese sparking wood". My friend's family owns a pallet making factory, seems like such a mundane thing, but I guess someone has to make them.
 
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Acuratech, I've recieved a lot of Japanese stuff lately, and the timber looks like maple, and some of the compressed chip board (big chips, around 2" square) has a made in Canada logo on it. Maybe Canadian Lumber is being back loaded to Japan ?
 
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