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Recycling Business Ideas – Wood Pallets

recycling business ideasWe love recycling business ideas at, so when we heard about the Pallets for Profit program, our curiosity was aroused.

Relatively unknown among recycling business ideas, wood pallet recycling is not only environmentally friendly, it’s pocket friendly, too.

You will need a truck or van, which makes this a great side business idea if you already have such a vehicle. This business could be incorporated into many existing businesses, especially if you find yourself with an under-utilized truck.

In a survey conducted in 1995 (which you can read here), it was estimated that 185 million wood pallets were sent to landfill in that year alone.

That’s a lot of pallets – and a lot of landfill.

The survey mentioned that some pallets are re-used, but every year new wood pallets are made – accounting for about 40% of the hardwood timber produced in the US.

This survey is over 15 years old, but there’s no reason to think that less wood pallets are being manufactured now – in fact, it’s probably a whole lot more – which is why this program makes it to the top 10 of our recycling business ideas.

Wood pallets are used by myriad of industries – cement producers, furniture manufacturers, importers, exporters, chain stores, transport companies … it’s a long, long list and there’s no shortage of them out there.

Pallets For Profits provides all the information required to start your own business in wood pallet recycling – click here to go to the website.

The ebook is only $29, so it’s not a big investment for the information which will give you a valuable head start with your recycling business ideas.

The Pallets For Profits ebook program includes:

  • How and where to find wood pallets for recycling
  • Parts, grades and pricing for wood pallets
  • The best vehicles to use for collecting wood pallets
  • How to sell your wood pallets
This information will give you a great introduction if, like us, you’re a novice when it comes to wood pallet recycling business ideas. You’ll save time and be one step ahead of the crowd. At we think the information is well worth the price – we reckon we could have made a few mistakes worth a lot more than the cost of the program, had we gone in head-first.
If you have a vehicle and a bit of spare time on your hands (plus a few tools to pull things apart occasionally), we think you can make about $200-$300 a week with the Pallets For Profit recycling business ideas. If you are able to utilize pallets in more resourceful ways, you may be able to create additional income streams.

For those of you looking for more creative business ideas, you can always turn those wood pallets into works of art!

For inspiration, we’ve included some of our favorite recycling business ideas that actually make wood pallets into useful objects. We gotta admit we like the idea of making stuff more than sending it for recycling, but this does require more effort. Wood pallets can take a bit of hard work to pull apart and sand down for furniture, but we love the end results – and there’s no limit to the creative business ideas you can come up with.

recycling business ideas for wood palletsAllwood of Central Florida not only supplies wood pallets, but recycles them into outdoor furniture. Wood pallets that are beyond repair are made into garden mulch.

The photo here is just one of their designs – appreciated by cats, plants and humans alike.

You can see more of their creations at



recycled wood pallet furnitureIf you would like to start a business making chairs from recycled wood pallets, check out this site 

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You’ll find lots of artistic recycling business ideas from artist Shelton Davis at his flickr site here








And for the really adventurous among you, loves these houses made from recycled wood pallets:



What we like about PalletsForProfit: It’s one of the best recycling business ideas – reducing landfill and saving trees at the same time. The comprehensive ebook is only $29, so it won’t break the bank. Makes a great side business, especially if you have some spare time during the day. It’s unlikely to replace your day job, but you can make some extra cash. And if you’re looking for creative business ideas, wood pallet furniture is only limited by your imagination.

Possible drawbacks: You will need a suitable vehicle and a reasonable degree of physical fitness for these recycling business ideas.

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