Recyclers find used pallets from various sources, such as local businesses and landfills, and sell them to pallet recycling centers or directly to manufacturing companies. They must repair, sort and unload their own pallets. Some jurisdictions disallow cash payments but provide alternatives by direct deposit or check.
Pallet recycling requires a pick-up truck or utility trailer, cargo straps and heavy work gloves. These items make hauling and transportation safer by preventing splinters and keeping pallets secure in transit. Additional pieces of equipment include nails, a drill and pry bars to repair damaged pallets. Recyclers sort their inventory by size and condition, which impacts the price, before they deliver the pallets.