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Are Wooden Pallets Treated?

13 Jul 2023

heat treated wooden pallets

Are wooden pallets treated? What goes into treating them? Understanding how wooden pallets are treated to meet modern safety and hygiene standards can be daunting. Still, with Associated Pallets, we make it easy to understand the importance of wooden pallet treatment and how ISPM 15 can affect businesses In and out of the UK.

Read on to discover how wooden pallets are treated and why, and get your heat treated wooden pallets on our website today!

How Are Wooden Pallets Treated?

Wooden pallets are treated by being heated within a special kiln which helps to sterilise the wood, preventing insects, bacteria, and other natural contaminants from harming the wooden pallets. Heat treating is essential for the long term protection of wooden pallets and other wooden pallet accessories. 

Why Wooden Pallets Are Treated

Wooden pallets treated against ISPM 15 are capable of being shipped between the UK and the EU. Since the 1st of January 2021, all wooden pallets and wood packaging have to meet international standards by undergoing heat treatment and marking. 

Heat treating wooden pallets helps prevent pest contamination and can reduce the potential risks that come with them. Wooden pallets treated with modern kilns can eliminate the following:

  • Insects
  • Anobiidae
  • Bostrichidae
  • Buprestidae
  • Cerambycidae
  • Curculionidae
  • Isoptera
  • Lyctidae (with some exceptions for HT)
  • Oedemeridae
  • Scolytidae
  • Siricidae
  • Nematodes
  • Bursaphelenchus xylophilus

Not only does this allow for international shipping, but it also makes wooden pallets safer to use within highly hygienic conditions or environments. This type of treatment also removes excess moisture hidden within the wood, which can help the pallets last much longer without rotting or cracking.

Unlike many other types of wooden pallet treatments, heat treated pallets are safe to reuse for all sorts of other projects. This is because there are no chemicals used that could leave a residue. Our wooden pallets and pallet accessories can be used for all sorts of creative purposes, like wooden planters or furniture. Check out how to reuse your pallets and collars with our blog here!

What Is ISPM 15?

ISPM 15 stands for International Standards For Phytosanitary Measures No. 15. It may sound scary, but these guidelines are developed to help keep people safe across the globe, and our ultimate guide to ISPM 15 can make the information easily digestible. The regulations have been created by the International Organisation for Standardisation, commonly known as the ISO.

Are Wooden Pallets Treated In Other Ways?

Wooden pallets treated with heat are typically enough to keep bugs and other contaminations away. However, if making wooden pallets more reusable and resistant to weather conditions is the goal, then there are other treatments that can be done. Wooden pallets treated with varnishes and specialised finishes can better resist rain and snow, as they won’t absorb as much moisture.

Are Wooden Pallets Treated at Associated Pallets?

Yes! At Associated Pallets, we sell wooden pallets treated with our specialised kiln, which has the capacity to process up to 3000 pallets and related products per day! We take our products’ safety very seriously, which is why we have invested in making sure the wooden pallets treated within our kiln reach all modern industry standards.

Wooden pallets treated with heat are actually considered the best for ISPM 15 regulations, as other wooden pallet treatments, such as chemical fumigation, can result in recalls in the food and pharmaceutical industries due to traces of chemicals remaining in the wood.

Check out our range of heat treated wooden pallets on our website here.

Additionally, we also offer a range of pallet wraps that can help to keep wooden pallets safe from harsh weather conditions, easily preventing the need for intensive or expensive weatherproofing techniques. Pallet wrap can be a cost effective option that doesn’t absorb moisture and has the added advantage of keeping produce secure during shipping and transport.

Refurbished Wooden Pallets

Not only can we provide a whole range of wooden pallets and accessories, but we also offer a collection of used and refurbished products! Our handy collection and recycling service helps to ensure that our business remains eco friendly and sustainable. If you have heat treated wooden pallets that you no longer need, we’d love to take them off your hands. Fill out our online collection form today, and we may even be able to pay you depending on the number and type of pallets you have available.

Wooden Pallet Prices

Order your treated wooden pallets today before midday and enjoy a speedy next day delivery! At Associated Pallets, we sell and recycle all sorts of wooden pallets, including treated wooden pallets. Use our speedy checkout system to get your treated wooden pallets now, or for more bespoke orders, check out our free online quoting tool. For more information on our products and services, give us a call at 03301 757766 or fill out our online contact form.

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