- Pallets have a critical role in material handling, transporting and storage. Plastic pallets play an important role in product handling applications. In this article, we have compared plastic pallets versus wood pallets.
|Plastic Pallets||Wood Pallets|
|Lifespan||Long service life (up to 10 years)||Short service life (approx. 3 years)|
|Average trip life||250||6|
|Cost||Cost effective in the long term||Low initial cost|
|Loop supply chain||Closed loop supply chain||Open loop supply chain|
|Storage||Nestable – less storage space, save on transport and warehousing costs||As they are not nestable, they need more storage space, higher costs on transport and warehousing|
|Fungus/Bugs||None||Wooden pallets must be treated|
|Moisture||None||Moisture must be controlled and measured for customer specs|
|Safety||Smooth material, no nails, fire safety rated||Nails, fasteners, splinters can be dangerous|
|Regulations||Exempt from ISPM15 regulations, no need heat treatment||Heat treatment needed|
|Environmental impact||Recyclable and eco-friendly||Biodegradable but not recyclable|
Stacking of the Wooden Pallets and Nestable Plastic Pallets
- Plastic pallets are durable and robust. Their service time –up to 10 years and 250 trips, compared with 6 trips for wood pallets. Maintenance and repair
- The main advantage of plastic pallets is its nestability and low weight which let you an easier and safer movement by hand.
- Plastic pallets let you save more on storage and reduce warehousing costs.
- Plastic pallets are economically efficient.
- Plastic pallets are hygienic because dirt, bugs or fungus are unable to stick to the surface of the plastic pallet. They are easy to clean. Wooden pallets become dirty and difficult to clean.
- Plastic pallets are exempt from IPPC/ ISPM15-compliant handling or gassing against pests (bugs, fungus) that save on additional costs.
Plastic pallets are lighter, easy to transport, easy to clean, hygienic, more flexible than wooden pallets. These features can let you save more on the budget you will use for storage and shipping purposes.
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