How To Make $125 A Day Recycling Wood Pallets

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This post is concise, but will walk you step-by-step into the the profitable business of wood pallet recycling. After your finished reading this article you'll be ready and able to start your own wood pallet recycling business.

Anyone can run a wood pallet recycling business and it's easy to get started. You can easily make $125 a day and there is virtually no expensive equipment to buy and you can get started with little to no money.

SUPPLIES NEEDED: There is only a few things you'll need to get started in your own wood pallet recycling business. A pick-up truck, a pair of work gloves, an electric drill, a hammer and some nails.

You might want to build up the sides of your pick-up truck, so you can haul more wood pallets per load. Keep in mind when your out collecting wood pallets you'll want to make as few trips as possible, which will help keep your gas expenses low and it save you time and that puts more money in your pocket.

FINDING WOOD PALLETS: Finding wood pallets to recycle in your area is much easier than you might think. Everywhere you go like department stores, malls, factories and any business that produces or sells large volumes of products you'll find wood pallets lying around.

When you find wood pallets simply go into the business and talk to the manager or owner and tell them that you will remove their wood pallets for free. They should be happy to give them to you, as most companies have to pay to have their wood pallets hauled off.

Explain to the manager or owner that you will stop by and pick up their wood pallets on a regular basis and by doing this you'll be establishing a route and a relationship with each company that you pick up wood pallets for and this way they won't give them away to anyone else.

Once you have collected all your wood pallets you'll need to sort them by size, because your customers buy wood pallets by size. For example a common size is 36"x48", so place all your wood pallets this size in one stack and by doing this it will make it easier for you to deliver the size your customers want.

REPAIRING WOOD PALLETS: Any broken wood pallets can be quickly repaired by simply taking the worse of your broken wood pallets apart and using the stock to repair the others. Most wood pallets are made from oak and oak that has been seasoned is very hard to nail through, so to get around this problem simply drill a small pilot hole for the nail. All broken planks on a wood pallet must be replaced before selling it.

SELLING YOUR WOOD PALLETS: Manufacturing companies in your area will buy your wood pallets. Simply call or visit each company and let them know you have wood pallets for sale. You can usually sell your used wood pallets to them for $2.50 to $3.50 each depending upon their condition and size. A busy company will order 50-100 pallets every week, so if you can get just 5 companies buying 50 wood pallets from you at $2.50 each, 5 days a week then you would earn $625 a week or $125 a day.

The wood pallets you can't sell to manufacturing companies can be sold to a local pallet company. You can find pallet companies listed in the phone book. Most wood pallet recyclers simply sell to a pallet company, because it's easier, but your profits will be less.

Once a company buys pallets from you there is no waiting to get paid. You'll get paid upon delivery. This is one of the great benefits of the wood pallet recycling business. Another benefit of the wood pallet business is that you are the boss and you choose your own work hours.

CLOSING COMMENTS: As you can see by reading this post the wood pallet recycling business is pretty easy to start and that anyone can do it that's willing to do a little work. You don't need a large investment like other business start-ups require and you can start making money right away.

I wish you much success in your new wood pallet recycling business!

Martin
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  • Profile picture of the author theemperor
    Martin,

    Great idea!

    But man this is getting too close to being real work for my liking.

    I just want to push a few keys and maybe pick up the phone once in a while.

    :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author RentItNow
    Martin, weird question but is the wood able to be planned and jointed into say a trendy piece of furniture? Is it usually pine or spruce or? That could be another advantage as I am noticing the price of raw materials skyrocketing due to fuel costs and peoples wants to recycle.

    For instance, I was thinking a table like in the photo. I'm thinking I would be able to sell these for a good price in trendy shops.
    Just an idea. Trying to put my nephew to work. Btw, the companies around here have sort of caught on to their value and it is hard to get them to give them up.
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    • Profile picture of the author MartinBuckley
      RentItNow,

      I have a friend who used to take pallets and turn them into furniture, such as futon frames that he used to sell to college students, so I can't see any reason why you wouldn't be able to take the pallets apart and use the wood to buld tables or other types of furniture.

      I hope this answers your question and helps,

      All the best,

      Martin
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    • Profile picture of the author MartinBuckley
      RentItNow,

      I have a friend who used to take pallets and turn them into furniture, such as futon frames that he used to sell to college students, so I can't see any reason why you wouldn't be able to take the pallets apart and use the wood to buld tables or other types of furniture.

      I hope this answers your question and helps,

      All the best,

      Martin

      Originally Posted by RentItNow View Post

      Martin, weird question but is the wood able to be planned and jointed into say a trendy piece of furniture? Is it usually pine or spruce or? That could be another advantage as I am noticing the price of raw materials skyrocketing due to fuel costs and peoples wants to recycle.

      For instance, I was thinking a table like in the photo. I'm thinking I would be able to sell these for a good price in trendy shops.
      Just an idea. Trying to put my nephew to work. Btw, the companies around here have sort of caught on to their value and it is hard to get them to give them up.
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      • Profile picture of the author adam076
        i work with a guy that does this.needless to say he has inspired me.i know he is telling the truth because he pretty much say everything you've included in your thread.i cant wait to start.
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  • Profile picture of the author ExSmoker
    What a wonderful idea to put to work at my area. I live near some industrial zone where there are very much side companies of an automovile assembler (a very well known brand, though I don't live at Detroit) and here are a lot of chances to do this. Thank you very much for the idea Martin!
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  • Profile picture of the author Big Gee
    oh yeah we used to have people break in and steal the pallets at my old printing company I worked for. I would hit up trucking companies or rest stops. I say this because there was always a truck driver trying to unload pallets from a previous delivery. Im curious if you have any info on how to profit from the rubber pallets fro US mail ? Thank you for the idea
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  • Profile picture of the author agonce
    nice idea, though for people like me, who dont have a truck, any ideas how I would move these around? Thanks!
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    • Profile picture of the author vndnbrgj
      Originally Posted by agonce View Post

      nice idea, though for people like me, who dont have a truck, any ideas how I would move these around? Thanks!
      You would have a few options.... Pay someone else to do the delivery for you. Or, once you find a supplier and a buyer. You can go to a HD or Menards and rent a truck for like $20 for the first 75 minutes. Then you can go get the pallets with the truck and deliver them.
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  • Profile picture of the author martyJames
    cool - you come up with some great ideas Martin - thanks for sharing!
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  • Profile picture of the author agonce
    thanks for the answer !
    Can you recommend the easiest places/stores to get these from? ie what type/category ... and by easiest I mean the ones that are willing to give the pallets away, as some of them might do the recycling themselves.

    I'm definitely giving this a try asap as I am short of cash

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    • Profile picture of the author SabrinaMerchant
      Great and totally new concept of business for me though working in plastic recycling business... But guess would like to start with this also simultaneously. By thus we will be helping a lot in waste management!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author zigato
    My uncle was informed by a friend's friend that you can actually get about $30 or so for the copper bits in a microwave - such as those people throw away cos it's too old. He used a very basic drill, and it took the guy just a few seconds to get the copper bit that's worth $30 out of the microwave!
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  • Profile picture of the author chrisnotes
    I keep thinking about this just because I work part-time at a retail store located in a busy strip mall and there are TONS of wood pallets around. And I mean stacked! So, out of curiousity I asked around and most people will not just give them up to some Joe off of the streets...most send them back in their shipment trucks, which is their own recycling program. I'm guessing that if you were to have a nifty business card made up though, and really asked around you could land some pick-ups.
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  • Profile picture of the author Entrecon
    Before you start stacking them in your yard, make sure you agent violating any local ordinances.
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