Plastic Pallets: Frequently Asked Questions

Plastic Pallets: Frequently Asked Questions

Being experts in pallets, with over 150 years combined experience, there are plastic pallet questions that come up time and time again. Whether you’re new to pallets or are looking to make solve a problem, these plastic pallet questions and answers will help you find the right pallet for your operation.


What Does Static, Dynamic and Racking Loading Mean?

This refers to the various load capacities a pallet can take. Static could be a single pallet at rest or stack of pallets on a flat surface. Dynamic is for use on conveyors or a warehouse forklift.  Racking simply means the maximum weight a pallet could take while placed on a racking system.


What’s The Difference Between Open and Closed Deck Pallets?

Open deck pallets have improved ventilation and provide easy drainage; this can be mandatory in warehouses with automatic sprinkler systems. The design is more lightweight while still offering incredible load capacities.

Closed deck pallets offer superior hygiene compared to open deck pallets, and in turn, are easier to clean. The smooth surface also gives full support across the base of items such as cardboard boxes.


What Plastic Pallets Should I Use If I Need to Save Storage Space?

Nestable pallets are ideal if you are short on space and are storing or distributing small goods. By design, they have a lighter load capacity, but if you are looking to store something heavier, then try our rackable plastic pallets which can hold up to 5 tonnes.


What Is a Food Grade Hygienic Pallet?

Hygiene pallets are extremely easy to clean and designed to minimise contamination having completely closed surfaces on the top and bottom of the pallet. Food grade pallets are lightweight so they can be easily moved around, either in person or by machinery.


Are Plastic Pallets Better Than Wood?

A common plastic pallet question. Plastic Pallets are more hygienic, cost-effective and more sustainable compared to Wooden Pallets. Plastic Pallets last up to 25 times longer than their wooden counterparts. From January 1st, 2021, they also benefit from being exempt from the ISPM15 regulation, which affects shipping within the EU. All Wooden Pallets used for shopping within the EU after January 1st will require an ISPM15 certification. They are always uniform in size and strength and are safer for manual handling applications with no nails and splinters.

Another benefit is their resistance to moisture ingress. The product can be damaged by being stored on wet wooden pallets also moisture will add weight to the pallet. When airfreighting goods nestable pallets can be 33% lighter than the wooden pallets giving excellent savings on airfreight costs.


Are Plastic Pallets Eco-Friendly?

You hear the word ‘plastic’ and you might automatically think it’s not environmentally friendly. However, they are more sustainable than you might think. 98% of our plastic pallets are made from recycled materials and 100% of our plastic pallets can be recycled. Plastic Pallets last longer than wooden pallets, so they will last much longer than their wooden counterparts. Also, with the introduction of the Plastic Packaging Tax, the use of recycled plastic is more prevalent than ever.


If you would like to find out more about our Plastic Pallet range, talk to one of our team on 0800 294 4394 or complete our online enquiry form.

Kayleigh Waters 14/04/22


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