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Pallets Explained

Plastic and Wooden Pallets

As the largest packaging distributor in the UK, Associated Pallets supplies a diverse range of pallets made from various materials, including wood and plastic. Consequently, UK pallet prices vary significantly based on the choice of presswood, corrugation, steel, or plastic. Each type is specially designed to meet different requirements, ensuring we offer a solution suited to most pallet uses.

Associated Pallets’ wholesale discounts, automatically applied when buying in bulk, ensure you receive a highly competitive price compared to the average market cost. Furthermore, many of our pallets are reusable, lowering long-term costs. Our heavy-duty plastic pallets, designed for frequent reuse, exemplify this.

Nestable Plastic Pallets

Our nestable plastic pallets are a durable, lightweight, and economical alternative to wooden pallets. Despite their lower cost, they provide a long-lasting solution for palletizing your goods. Their impressive dynamic capacity offers both functionality and cost-effectiveness while protecting your goods. Lightweight and ideal for freight, these pallets minimize shipping costs. Nestable and stackable, they save space during storage and transit, with up to 2,880 units fitting into a single truck when nested. Made from 100% recycled content, these pallets are fully recyclable, contributing to a circular economy.

Rackable Plastic Pallets

For a more robust option, our rackable plastic pallets are durable enough for versatile uses and capable of palletizing a wide array of goods. Ideal for global exports, they have a high loading capacity, with the durability of re-granulated HDPE material absorbing impacts and protecting goods throughout their journey. The pallets’ rounded edges reduce damage during handling, ensuring longevity and reducing replacement costs. Features such as recessed protective windows for printing and labelling and corners for easy packaging film attachment make these pallets user-friendly. Containing 100% recycled content, they are recyclable, promoting responsible disposal and limiting new plastic creation.

We collaborate closely with UK and European manufacturers to ensure our plastic pallets meet the latest industry standards and innovations, guaranteeing quality and reliability for our customers.

Heat-Treated Wooden Pallets

Sourced from sustainably managed resources, our wooden pallets are made from strong timber, providing the necessary strength for reuse. This conserves both financial and natural resources. They are heat-treated for compliance with ISPM15 shipping standards, making them suitable for global shipping. With a four-way forklift or pallet truck entry, these pallets facilitate easy transportation and handling of goods.

Presswood Pallets

Presswood pallets are made by pressing sawdust and recycled wood chips under high pressure and temperatures. They comply with ISPM15 standards and require no additional treatment for international export. Lightweight and cost-effective to transport, these pallets are nestable, saving space in storage and transit. They feature rounded edges for easy shrink and pallet wrap application and are free of nails and screws, making them safe for manual handling. Made from 100% PEFC-certified wood, they ensure sustainable forest management and are fully recyclable.

Lifespan of Plastic Pallets

The lifespan of plastic pallets varies based on factors such as material quality, application, design, frequency of use, and handling conditions. High-quality plastic pallets can last several years to over a decade. Regular maintenance and careful handling can extend their lifespan, though they, too, experience wear and tear.



While wooden pallets have a lower initial cost due to cheaper raw materials, the long-term cost-effectiveness of plastic pallets should be considered. Plastic pallets are less susceptible to damage from moisture, pests, and rough handling, requiring fewer replacements and offsetting their higher initial cost.

Wooden pallets, though cheaper upfront, are more prone to wear and tear, leading to frequent repairs and replacements and increasing maintenance costs. Additionally, plastic pallets’ lighter weight can reduce overall shipping costs. It’s essential to evaluate what is best for your business and supply chain needs.

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Wooden and plastic pallets have numerous applications across various industries. Primarily, they are used for the efficient handling, storage, and transportation of large quantities of goods. By providing a stable platform, pallets streamline the movement of goods. In imports and exports, pallets simplify customs processes, reducing handling costs. In storage and warehousing, they maximize space efficiency by enabling stacking and use with warehouse racking systems.

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