Old shipping pallets are available online or through local distribution and recycling centers. Those looking to source pallets can ask local businesses whether they can take away unused pallets.
Smaller businesses are more likely to dispose of pallets in their dumpsters, while larger retailers often have policies in place to get rid of unused materials. Small garden shops or hardware stores may have pallets sitting around their stores waiting for a recycling truck.
Old pallets present a danger of containing toxic chemicals from pesticides or wood treatment processes, or even unhealthy bacteria such as E.coli. Those wanting to recycle pallets into home furnishings can look for the "HT" stamp on pallet wood, which means that the pallet manufacturers treated the wood with heat rather than chemicals.