The somewhat higher initial cost of plastic pallets is easily recovered in the long run. Plastic pallets require no costly repairs, they are far less likely to damage the product with splinters and nails, and they can be sanitized rather than replaced—they are by far the wiser investment. And, rather than paying someone to pick up damaged pallets and put them in a landfill, plastic pallets can be sold for recycling.


Estimated Life
Repair cost/month
Recycle value
Nail/splinter damage
Insect resistant
Chemical resistant
Bacteria resistant
Disposal costs
2-3 years
$0
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
5 trips
$6 each
No
Yes
No
No
No
Yes