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Old February 16, 2008, 05:33 AM
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Default How To Make $125 A Day Recycling Wood Pallets

Hi SowPub Readers,

The article below is one I wrote and posted on my new Blog and thought I would share it with all of you here, enjoy!

How To Make $125 A Day Recycling Wood Pallets

This article is concise, but it will walk you step-by-step into the the profitable business of wood pallet recycling. After your finished reading this article you'll be ready and able to start your own wood pallet recycling business.

Anyone can run a wood pallet recycling business and it's easy to get started. You can easily make $125 a day and there is virtually no expensive equipment to buy and you can get started with little to no money.

SUPPLIES NEEDED: There is only a few things you'll need to get started in your own wood pallet recycling business. A pick-up truck, a pair of work gloves, an electric drill, a hammer and some nails.

You might want to build up the sides of your pick-up truck, so you can haul more wood pallets per load. Keep in mind when your out collecting wood pallets you'll want to make as few trips as possible, which will help keep your gas expenses low and it save you time and that puts more money in your pocket.

FINDING WOOD PALLETS: Finding wood pallets to recycle in your area is much easier than you might think. Everywhere you go like department stores, malls, factories and any business that produces or sells large volumes of products you'll find wood pallets lying around.

When you find wood pallets simply go into the business and talk to the manager or owner and tell them that you will remove their wood pallets for free. They should be happy to give them to you, as most companies have to pay to have their wood pallets hauled off.

Explain to the manager or owner that you will stop by and pick up their wood pallets on a regular basis and by doing this you'll be establishing a route and a relationship with each company that you pick up wood pallets for and this way they won't give them away to anyone else.

Once you have collected all your wood pallets you'll need to sort them by size, because your customers buy wood pallets by size. For example a common size is 36"x48", so place all your wood pallets this size in one stack and by doing this it will make it easier for you to deliver the size your customers want.

REPAIRING WOOD PALLETS: Any broken wood pallets can be quickly repaired by simply taking the worse of your broken wood pallets apart and using the stock to repair the others. Most wood pallets are made from oak and oak that has been seasoned is very hard to nail through, so to get around this problem simply drill a small pilot hole for the nail. All broken planks on a wood pallet must be replaced before selling it.

SELLING YOUR WOOD PALLETS: Manufacturing companies in your area will buy your wood pallets. Simply call or visit each company and let them know you have wood pallets for sale. You can usually sell your used wood pallets to them for $2.50 to $3.50 each depending upon their condition and size. A busy company will order 50-100 pallets every week, so if you can get just 5 companies buying 50 wood pallets from you at $2.50 each, 5 days a week then you would earn $625 a week or $125 a day.

The wood pallets you can't sell to manufacturing companies can be sold to a local pallet company. You can find pallet companies listed in the phone book. Most wood pallet recyclers simply sell to a pallet company, because it's easier, but your profits will be less.

Once a company buys pallets from you there is no waiting to get paid. You'll get paid upon delivery. This is one of the great benefits of the wood pallet recycling business. Another benefit of the wood pallet business is that you are the boss and you choose your own work hours.

CLOSING COMMENTS: As you can see by reading this article the wood pallet recycling business is pretty easy to start and that anyone can do it that's willing to do a little work. You don't need a large investment like other business start-ups require and you can start making money right away.

I wish you much success in your new wood pallet recycling business!

Marty
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Old February 16, 2008, 11:59 AM
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Hi Marty,

Several hundred years ago I worked part time for a guy that did this up in KY.

BUT.. We used nail guns even then, and we were lucky to get 5-6 pallets done in a half hour!

If someone is going to do this seriously, a nail gun is going to be a must. Having to drill holes and nail by hand is going to eat up a LOT of time.

Pete
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Old February 16, 2008, 02:41 PM
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Hi Marty,

Several hundred years ago I worked part time for a guy that did this up in KY.

BUT.. We used nail guns even then, and we were lucky to get 5-6 pallets done in a half hour!

If someone is going to do this seriously, a nail gun is going to be a must. Having to drill holes and nail by hand is going to eat up a LOT of time.

Pete


I also remember reading a story of using old pallet wood to build fine furniture.

Phil may come up with more links on the topic but this is one I found.

http://www.woodweb.com/knowledge_bas...d_pallets.html

I particularly like the story about the guy crossing the border with pallets of hay!!!

Anyway, lots of uses or old Pallets, I have a buddy that heats his shop for free all burning old pallet wood he gets from a local Co.

best wishes,
Jason
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Old February 16, 2008, 03:23 PM
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Default Re: How To Make $125 A Day Recycling Wood Pallets

Marty,

My daughter and son-in-law did that for one year, 2 years ago. The biggest problem they ran into is trying to find pallets the way you describe. More and more city and county ordinances are requiring businesses to control littering behind their buildings.

So larger companies are coming in and taking it all away. Pallets, trash, boxes & etc.

As far as the expenses go, you spend more then you think and when it breaks down on a per day basis, you are lucky if you make $50-$75 a day.

Also going into stores to speak to owners about their pallets is also time consuming and you are not making any money.

If someone is going to do this, there needs to be a person that is the rep that does the face to face and one or two other people doing the actual pallet work.

Also, certain areas of the country such as the north east are under union control and you have to be careful that you are not taking away from a union workers' job. Especially, loading docks and fishing docks.

It's hard, labor intensive work and not as glorious as some may think.
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Old February 16, 2008, 06:30 PM
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Marty,

Thanks for this idea.

Are you suggesting this for certain Types of Pallets or All Pallets or...

I ask because in Australia, the number one Pallet Distribution Company is CHEP - http://www.chep.com and they OWN all their Pallets and merely Rent them to those who use the pallets. And the companies who use those pallets have a System for keeping track of the number of pallets they have on hand.

For example. If you have 100 empty pallets and get a two pallet load of carboard boxes, you give the truck two empty pallets to replace the two pallets you received.

Other pallets are owned by the company that supplies them - such as pallets which Masonary Blocks come on, pallets which bags of Sand come on, etc. And those pallets are picked up again by the company who supplied them.

The only pallets Not picked up are made of cheap pine and fall apart almost as soon as you look at them. And no-one would pay for those pallets. They get thrown into the Skip Bins as soon as they are empty.

Does the USA not have similar systems in place by the Pallet Makers?

Michael Ross
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Old February 16, 2008, 07:50 PM
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Michael,

Here in the US, I worked for some 15-years for Lowe's, a major home improvement company.

Of all the pallets we got in on a daily basis, the ONLY ones that were returned were the ones that our KwikCrete came on. (Cement bags.)

All the other pallets are either tossed, or picked up by a handful of guys in pickup trucks that are rebuilding them and selling them to the many manufacturers in the are.

There IS a market here in the US, but it's a heck of a lot of work.

Pete
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Old February 16, 2008, 08:09 PM
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I get pallets every month with delivery of my real estate books. They are a pain. I don't know what to do with them and would gladly give them to someone that would pick them up on a regular basis. I can't help to believe there would be a market.
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Old February 16, 2008, 11:29 PM
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Default Here's the Pallet system I'd be Marketing... Brokering & writing about...

Why do all that Hard work with Old wood pallets...

When you can Simplify things...

Always look for Unique Simple solutions in whatever you decide to Do...

Bet You there's some nice Toll Position possibilities in this one...

Joint Ventures and a few other Creative ideas...

Introducing The Amazing New Generation Plastic Pallets Guaranteed To Save You Time, Space, and Money...

http://uniquepallets.com/
http://uniquepallets.com/plasticpallets.htm
http://uniquepallets.com/chinapallets.htm
http://uniquepallets.com/why-unique.htm

Phil

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Old February 16, 2008, 11:54 PM
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Default Re: Here's the Pallet system I'd be Marketing... Brokering & writing about...

A little more info if I've peaked Anyone's interest...

http://www.thegreenpalletcompany.com/contact-us.html
http://www.thegreenpalletcompany.com/video.html

Phil
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Old February 17, 2008, 02:01 PM
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Default Maybe you can make money with pallets

I like to cruise around craig's list. I was in 'businesses for sale' in the DC area and found this post from today. No, its not my listing.
http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/n...576890660.html
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