52  Pallets and cases

There is a well-established network of dealers prepared to pay cash for used pallets of standard sizes in sound condition.  But damaged, non-standard and sizes smaller than 900mm (36") shortest dimension are of little interest.  The ringshank nails used in the construction of timber pallets make them difficult to 'knock down' for salvage, although reuse of the wood is possible to make small items such as bird boxes or planters.  It may be considered worthwhile to use the wood as fuel in a suitable environment. 


For companies affected by the Packaging Waste Regulations, the weight of new pallets used must be added to the amounts of packaging handled each year.  The weight of pallets varies with the type, but the numbers in a tonne range from 25 to 40 with most around the 30 to a tonne mark.  This means that the use of relatively few new pallets - 30 or so a week - may result in a company obligated under the Regulations.  Consistent with the use to which they will be put, consider purchasing good quality second-hand pallets, which incur no obligation, and making clear to your suppliers that you would prefer they used them too.

Also see
Wood burning (14)
Recycling collections (private)(150)
Conversion to energy (190)
Legal aspects of waste (Packaging Waste Regulations) (500)

Alphabetical list of organisations

ADY Pallets and Bags Ltd

Tel 01925 828885 Fax 01925 492706
Unit 5A, Trident Industrial Estate, Warrington Road, Risley, WARRINGTON, Cheshire WA1 4AG

Pallet merchant. Also receives secondhand one tonne bulk bags from the food industry, which are reused in the recycled metal and plastics industry.

Brighton & Hove Wood Recycling Project
Tel 01273 570500  Fax 01273 570600
4 Inverness Road, BRIGHTON, East Sussex BN2 3JB (postal address only) 
Unit 32-36, Municipal Market, Circus Street, BRIGHTON, East Sussex BN2 9QF (site address only)
Email info@woodrecycling.org.uk  Web www.woodrecycling.org.uk 
Contact  Richie Simpson, Managing Director; Christian Bernard - Director  

Originator of National Community Wood Recycling Project ( see entry below) set up by Richard Mehmed, and
developer of the Recycled Wood Marque.   About 6,000 tonnes of wood a year is landfilled from the Brighton and Hove area alone.  Much is worth saving - the Woodstore is filled with tonnes of  reusable timber, most from the construction / demolition industry.  There is also wooden packaging waste and many non-returnable pallets. (see section 52).  Much household wood ends up at the local tip, or stays in garages and sheds for years.  As most "waste" timber is commercial, a charge can be made to take it away - at less than the cost of a skip, so there is a financial and environmental incentive to recycle.  Sponsored by 3 environmentally aware local building companies, a small truck was bought to collect from their building sites.  Timber was separated and stacked for collection.  The loads are sorted and as much as possible re-used, for instance as floorboards, skirting, shelves and craft materials.  Only 15% of the timber collected is returned to the waste stream.  Also collects from firms with packaging waste and pallets, and members of the public.  

A classification system was developed with the following grades:  
Grade 1   Timber good enough to sell back to the DIY / builders market.  Altough virtually anything will be useful to someone, grade 1 is wood at least 2 metres long, relatively sound, free from bad splits, nails and other contaminants.  Also sheet materials including ply, chipboard, hardboard and MDF over  1 metre square; doors in good condition; pieces of hardwood and anything "interesting".  Al though the wood might look dirty, it is suitable for many uses. 
Grade 2
Clean and sound, but too short or small to be easily sold for DIY.  Suitable to make wood products, from compost bins, bookshelves, art &craft items to high quality furniture.  Making and selling such items is a good way to raise cash and to get across the potential for using recycled wood.  The Recycled Wood Marque helps too, making it easier to identify recycled wood products. 
Grade 3
Around 80% of all wood waste, this grade is the biggest challenge - rotten fence posts, small offcuts, broken doors and everything that doesn't fit into the other two grades.  Much firewood is sold to local farmers with wood-fired boilers heating greenhouses;  lots is re-manufactured into chipboard.  A reasonably sustainable use for the large volume of this grade is as a fuel; one aim is to encourage installation of wood-fired heating / hot water systems in suitable buildings. With the need to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, wood could be widely used. 
(Updated Nov 2005) 

County Mulch
Tel 01449 721729  Fax 01449 722477
Email sales@countymulch,co.uk  Website www.countymulch.co.uk  
The Watering Farm, Creeting St Mary, Needham Market, IPSWICH, Suffolk IP6 8ND

Accepts pallets, crates, timber and manufacturing off-cuts, flooring, plywood, chipboard, other woods.  Does not accept telegraph poles, railway sleepers, painted or treated wood, cable drums.  Recycles this material into animal bedding, and bark-based playground, riding arenas and path surfacing.  Contract with Suffolk County Council collecting green waste, which is turned into horticultural mulches and compost marketed locally and throughout UK.  Website has useful, simple tips on home composting.  Recycled Specifiers Guide to recycled soil conditioners and mulches on request.  Established 1986.  (Updated Feb 2005)

Direct Pallets

Tel 01582 476290 Fax 01582 477625
BP Fuel Site, Tavistock Street, DUNSTABLE, Beds LU6 1NE

New and used pallet merchant.

EQ Waste Management
Tel 0870 560 2060 / 0990 602060  Fax 01727 867866
Email sales@eqwaste.com  Website www.eqwaste.com  (under construction)
Appspond Lane, Potters Crouch, St Albans, HERTS AL2 3NL

Collector and recycler of waste wood such as cable drums, pallets, crates, timber and manufacturing off-cuts, flooring, furniture, construction waste.  No telegraph poles, railway sleepers, painted or treated wood.  Also collects green waste, which is shredded as compost and mulch.  Produces animal bedding, recreational surfacing.  Bioremediation solutions and contracting.  Services local authority sites.  Contract screening and grinding.  (Updated Feb 2005)

Hambrook Pallets Ltd

Tel 0117 982 1236 Fax 0117 982 2252
Ironchurch Road, Avonmouth, BRISTOL BS11 9EB

Depots throughout south east region. Sale, purchase and reconditioning of pallets and packing cases, including obsolete sizes.

Janbor Ltd
Tel 01279 777666  Fax 01279 777736
Barleycroft Works, Furneux Pelham, BUNTINGFORD, Herts SG9 0LL

Collects pallets by arrangement within 150 mile radius - skips supplied.  Also cable drums, crates, timber off-cuts, flooring, plywood, chipboard, furniture, construction waste, tree waste (not telegraph poles, railway sleepers).  produces animal bedding, recreational surfacing, mulches.  Open Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, Sat 7am-midday.   (Updated Feb 2005)

J James Ltd
Tel 01235 814565  Fax 01235 814706
Website www.jjamesltd.co.uk  Email jill.james@tiscali.co.uk 
12 Tweed Drive, DIDCOT, Oxfordshire OX11 7XH

Collects pallets and timber off-cuts (not telegraph poles, railway sleepers, painted or treated wood, cable drums).  Reconditions pallets.  Produces animal bedding, recreational surfacing, mulches, compost.  Open Mon-Fri 8am-4pm.  Established over 25 years.  (Updated Feb 2005)

JS Pallets

Tel 0208 893 1066
North Bedfont Trading Estate, Bedfont Road, FELTHAM, Middx TW13

Sale and purchase of used pallets.

KB Pallets & Haulage

Tel 01767 640988
Unit 2, The Ridgway Business Park, Blunham, BEDFORD MK44 3DE

New and used pallet dealer.

Larner Recycling Ltd
Tel 01933 274 224 / 0208 804 1494  Fax 0208 804 1164
Email admin@larnerpallets.com  Website www.larnerpallets.com  
Bevan Close, Finedon Industrial Estate, WELLINGBOROUGH, Northants NN8 4BL

Buys and sells new and secondhand pallets.  Pays up to 2.50 per pallet, and sells new and refurbished pallets from 1.00.  Types shown and described on website. Quantities from 50 to 500.  Collects pallets, crates, timber off-cuts, flooring, plywood, cable drums.  Recycles packaging waste with on-site shredders.  When it  a pallet is past refurbishing, the wood is made into kindling, wood moult and pulp, used by local authorities in parks, schools and playgrounds.  Produces animal bedding, recreational surfacing and compost.  Open weekdays 7am-5pm, Sat 7am-1pm. Second depot in Enfield - both sites have tips for waste wood.  (Updated Feb 2005)


Tel 01787 462461
29 Swan Street, Sible Hedingham, HALSTEAD, Essex CO9 3RE

Tea chest dealer.

Lewis D & Co

Tel 0208 805 0178 / 0208 804 1494
Lewis Works, Jute Lane, ENFIELD, Middx EN3 7PJ

Sale and purchase of wooden pallets.

London Recycling Ltd

Tel 0207 511 8000  Fax 0207 511 3785
Unit 4D, North Crescent, Cody Road, Canning Town, LONDON E16 4TG
Website www.london-recycling.com   Email  recycle@london.recycling.co.uk 

Confidential data destruction - paper and non-paper products, cardboard (flattened - cages or wheelie bins provided).  Security sacks, bins, containers provided.  Collection and purchase of drink cans, glass, foil, segregated grades of waste paper, toner cartridges for remanufacture (minimum 10), fluorescent tubes, vending cups, CDs, pallets.  Collection mainly within M25 area.  (Updated Aug 2005)

Lutt A M & Sons

Tel 01582 666321 Kensworth / 01442 833343 Hemel Hempstead Fax 01442 834419
"The Yard", Shantock Hall Lane, BOVINGDON, Herts HP3 0NL

Pallet recycling and suppliers. Local and national.

Marshall Tree Services Partnership
Tel / Fax 01480 810431 
Woodhatch Farm, Thrapston Road, Ellington, HUNTINGDON, Cambs PE28 0AE 

Collects pallets, crates, timber off-cuts, flooring, plywood, furniture, construction waste (not telegraph poles, railway sleepers, painted or treated wood), 25 mile radius.  Produces animal bedding, recreational surfacing, mulches, compost.  Open Mon-Sat 8am-4pm, Sun 1230-4.30.   (Updated Feb 2005)

Milton Keynes Pallets
Tel 01908 610809
Willen Works, Willen Road, NEWPORT PAGNELL MK16 0DG

New and used pallet merchant.

Motward Ltd

Tel 01767 691261
Warren Farm, New Road, SANDY, Beds SG19 1NX

New and used pallet merchant.

The National Community Wood Recycling Project (NCWRP)
Tel 01273 465666  Fax 01273 465616
Email info@communitywoodrecycling.org.uk  
Website www.communitywoodrecycling.org.uk  
Premier House, Shoreham Airport, West Sussex BN43 5FF
Contact  Melaine Hickford, Communications Manager;  Richard Mehmed, Project Director 

Not-for-profit environmental group set up in February 2003 (at Brighton & Hove Wood Recycling Project - see above) to provide encouragement, help and practical advice to individuals or groups interested in setting up and developing community - focused wood recycling.  Helps and monitors a network of wood recycling projects across UK dealing in waste timber from construction and other users.  Wood is collected mainly from building site demolition, joinery, packaging and domestic waste, sorted into grades, then sold to the public via 'wood shops' or converted into wood products, firewood, woodchips for fuel, mulches or animal bedding.  Aims to see 20 more UK wood recycling projects (typically not-for-profit social enterprises) set up by 2007, saving thousands of tonnes of wood from landfill, creating sustainable jobs, training and volunteering opportunities, and aiding local waste minimisation strategies.  To encourage use of recycled timber, has developed the "Recycled Wood Marque", making it easier to identify recycled wood products.  They hope it will be adopted nationally and internationally.  People choosing products with the marque will encourage use of recycled materials.  More info on website.  (Updated Nov 2005)

Network Pallet Services

Tel 0208 801 1500
Half Wharf, Ferry Lane, Tottenham, LONDON N17 0AA

Sale, purchase and repair of all types of pallet.

Pallet Display Systems Ltd
Tel 01494 448380  Fax 01494 462725
Email sales@palletlegs.com  Website www.palletlegs.com 
PO Box 311, MARLOW, Bucks SL7 3DZ

Offers a range of products which allow pallets which might otherwise be wasted to be reused or recycled for new uses such as benches and displays. (Updated Feb 2001)

The Pallet Man
see TPM Services

Pallet Supply Co Ltd

Tel 01525 280414 Ridgmont / 01582 794331 Redbourn
Bridge House, High Street, REDBOURN, Herts AL3 7LJ

New and used pallet dealer. Also at Station Yard, Ridgmont, Milton Keynes.

Pallets Unlimited

Tel 01279 466278
30 Bells Hill, BISHOPS STORTFORD, Herts CM23 2NN

New and used pallet dealer, including non-standard sizes.

Pollay Pallets

Tel 01582 490048 Fax 01582 592062
116-124 Wingate Road, LUTON, Beds LU4 8PY

New and used pallet and packing case dealer. Sale, purchase and reconditioning of plastic and wooden pallets and packing cases.

PR Pallets

Tel 01992 762714
Bryanstone Road, WALTHAM CROSS, Herts EN8 7RL

Sale and purchase of all types of pallet.

PRS Pallets

Tel 0208 594 7010
Unit 3, Pacific Wharf, Hertford Road, BARKING, Essex IG11 8BL

Sale, purchase and reconditioning of all types of pallet and metal stillages.

PRS Pallets Ltd

Tel 01621 819628
Tower Yard, Kelvedon Road, Tiptree, COLCHESTER, Essex CO5 0LX

Dealer in new and used pallets and stillages.  Europallet specialist.

R & F Pallets

Tel 01727 822617
Unit 4, Smallford Works, Smallford Lane, Smallford, ST ALBANS, Herts AL4 0SF

Pallet merchant. Sale and purchase of used pallets.

Rainham Waste Ltd

Tel 01708 522575 Fax 01708 524631
Compound D, Denver Site, Ferry Lane, RAINHAM, Essex RM13 9BU

All types of waste wood from construction, demolition, packing cases, scrap pallets etc sought for recycling. Collection service for large quantities. 24 hour waste recycling depot with MRF and bailing facilities

Robinsons Pallet Services

Tel 0208 961 6830 / 0208 991 0992
8 Marsh Road, Alperton Lane, WEMBLEY, Middx HA0 1ES

Sale and purchase of all types of pallet.

Silvertown Pallets Ltd

Tel 0207 473 1205 Fax 01268 418668
Unit 4, Charles Street, North, Woolwich, LONDON E16 2BY

Sale, purchase and reconditioning of all types of pallet, steel and plastic drums.

Timber Packaging and Pallet Confederation
Tel 01827 52337 Fax 01827 310827
42 Heath Street, TAMWORTH, Staffs B79 7JH

Trade association concerned with environmental timber pallets, packaging and matters in the industry.

TPM Services  
Tel / Fax 01293 413084  Mobile (24 hours) 07836 795835 
enquiries@thepalletmanservices.com  Website www.thepalletmanservices.com
39 Downland Drive, Southgate West, CRAWLEY, West Sussex RH11 8QZ 
Contact  Simon Hibberd, Managing Director 

Registered waste carrier and recycler, commercial and domestic, in Crawley and surrounding areas.  Fleet of drop sided vehicles for any type of waste removal and recycling, 'no job too small or big.'   Claims to have 'in 4 months saved over 45 tonnes of wood packaging from landfill, equal to 3000 office desks'.  Aims to be cheaper than other services, and offer friendly, helpful advice.  Industrial services include 'special' or 'hazardous' waste, and arrangements with the Environment Agency.  Commercial customers are asked to separate waste by type (metal, wood, plastic etc).  Commercial and domestic fridges and freezers incur an extra charge due to the expense of safe disposal of CFCs.   TPM always has broken pallets and pallet wood that can be used for fencing, woodworking projects and kindling.  Most pallets are made from softwoods, but some are made from hardwoods, even mahogany!  Runs Crawley Waste Exchange (domestic and industrial), a non-profit making scheme allowing barter/exchange/sale/donation of anyone's unwanted items including vacuum cleaners, dump trucks, cars, horse boxes, wood mulch, ladders and even bicycle sheds, http://groups.msn.com/CRAWLEYWASTEEXCHANGE/homepage, mailto:wastexchange@aol.com Tel / Fax as above - see WasteBook section 120 Materials (waste) exchanges.  Aims to 'show the real worth of things some call scrap!'    TPM is on Crawley Borough Council's Environmental Forum, which encourages residents and industry to live and work in more environmentally sustainable ways.  Links on website to this and many other initiatives.
  Hopes to offer a wood waste shredding facility local to Crawley/Gatwick.  Won Crawley Green Business Award 2002 for waste disposal service with emphasis on recycling.  See also sections 23, 40, 50, 120, 180.  (Updated Sep 2005)

UK Industrial Pallets Ltd

Tel 01707 270440  Fax 01707 270856
13 Southgate Road, POTTERS BAR, Hertfordshire EN6 5DR

Sale and purchase of new and reconditioned pallets.  Nationwide delivery.  Scrap pallets collected and cleared from site free of charge. (Updated Feb 2001)

Whirlowdale Trading Co Ltd

Tel 01708 866962
The Sawmills, New Road, Wennington, RAINHAM, Essex

Sale, purchase and reconditioning of pallets, packing cases, drums and stillages.