The majority of pallets in poole and elsewhere in the UK continue to be made of wood. There must be a reason for this, so let’s take a look at the advantages:
1. Affordability – this is probably the main advantage and the reason businesses continue to use wooden pallets. They’re cheap and come in at a fraction of the cost of other options
2. Reusable – Wood is an easily-recycled material and can be resold to be upcycled into all manner of objects, like furniture and fences.
3. Fixable – fixing a wooden pallet is often as simple as hammering a few additional nails in using a hammer. As such, using wood can reduce repair costs and equipment wastage.
That being said, there are some disadvantages, including:
1. Unhygienic – wooden pallets are susceptible to the growth of bacteria. For this reason, it’s not advisable to use wooden pallets to transfer food products in order to avoid things like E.coli
2. Highly combustible – if fire safety is a concern, then wooden pallets aren’t the best material as they are very combustible.
3. Not water-resistant – unlike plastics, wood will not respond well to wet environments. Fungi will quickly become a problem if wooden pallets are allowed to remain wet.