RPS can supply you with the pallets you need. We provide help and expertise to ensure pallet buyers are supplied with the correct packaging. This can be new pallets made to fit individual requirements or reconditioned pallets that are repaired back to full working specification. The use of reconditioned pallets has two key benefits; environmental sustainability through resource efficiency and reconditioned pallets are more cost effective if you compare to buying new pallets due to new timber costs.
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There are thousands of different specifications of pallets ranging from regular 1200 x 1000 mm standard pallet sizes to bespoke pallets to suit specific requirements. Because of this, pallet prices vary considerably.
The best way for RPS to answer how much a pallet costs is to understand the specification required and whether a new or reconditioned pallet can be used.
The price of timber to manufacture new pallets means there can be a big difference in costs between new and used pallets. If you would like a quote on pallet supply please contact RPS and we can discuss the best options for you.
To help save money on packaging costs, RPS can develop a total pallet management system. Our key service is the collection of your existing packaging from your customers so it to be returned for reuse. New pallets are more expensive, therefore reusing reconditioned pallets may provide a more cost effective solution for your company. Whether you use an expensive bespoke or standard size pallet RPS can take the hassle out of pallet management, whilst constantly looking for the most cost effective solution.
RPS offers a national pallet collection service to remove unwanted used pallets from your site. If you have over 100 pallets, RPS can help. Pallet removal from your site will not only free up valuable space but could also generate an income stream. RPS will assess your pallets to determine if the collection is chargeable, free of charge or if potential rebates could be paid. For further details on our site pallet collection service page. RPS is here to take the hassle out of pallets, so please remember, when youíre looking at the best solutions, think Pallet, think RPS. For smaller pallet collections, say under 50 pallets, searching for a local wood recycling solution might be the most cost effective for you.
Pallets vary in not only size but value. Many pallets have a residual value which RPS could offer competitive rebates for. RPS can arrange to collect your pallets for an initial assessment with the aim to determine if your waste pallets can provide an income. Rebates cannot be given for scrap wooden pallets but RPS may be able to offer you help to manage your wood waste and pallet recycling effectively, especially compared to disposal in wood skips. Call us to find out more.
Dependent on the pallet type and condition collections could be free, chargeable or potentially a rebate could be paid. It all depends on the types of pallet you have. By emailing us images of your pallets, RPS can determine which collection service would be best. We can even arrange an initial trial collection for assessment. Alternatively, a representative from RPS can visit your site to discuss the best collection options with you. RPS can collect nationally, so please get in touch to discuss the most cost effective collection solution.
RPS applies the waste hierarchy to all packaging waste we handle, therefore we always look for reuse options for all pallets collected. If any pallets we collect cannot be reused, due to excessive damage or irregular specifications, RPS has responsible recycling and energy recovery outlets.
Reuse is by far the most sustainable way to make the most out of an existing product. Inevitably, pallets that require excessive repair may be not fit for reuse and would therefore be sent for recycling. RPS is proud to acknowledge that all scrap pallets and wood waste is fully tracked and does not end up in landfill. The wood waste is either processed into woodchip for use as biomass fuel or recycled into products such as animal bedding.
If your company uses transit packaging, such as wooden pallets, RPS can recover them from your customers to be prepared for return and reuse. RPS collects, sorts, inspects and where necessary repairs pallets ready to return them to your site so the cycle can start again. The process encourages sustainability both environmentally and economically. Returned pallets can be supplied at a lower cost compared to buying new replacements and by reusing you are applying one of the most preferable options of the waste hierarchy. As part of the Circular Economy Package and waste directives, reuse is a more environmentally preferable way to handle packaging which is deemed waste but has reuse potential.
If a pallet is excessively damaged and cannot be reused RPS will send it for recycling or energy recovery. RPS has longstanding working relationships with companies who treat scrap pallets to generate wood chip. The wood chip is then either recycled into products such as animal bedding or used as a biomass fuel.
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The RPS Recovery for Reuse process is implemented with four simple steps:
1. The commitment of your business is key for RPS to collect packaging from your customers for reuse, including a contact within your business to champion the initiative.
2. Inform your customers that RPS will collect used pallets and packaging. This could be an electronic letter of authorisation supplied to RPS that we can send to your customers, saving you the time and hassle of sending out letters.
3. Provide a customer list so RPS knows where to collect the pallets and packaging from. All data supplied to RPS will be handled with the strictest confidentiality.
4. RPS will then start calling your customers to arrange collections on an agreed frequency.
Our aim is to make the process simple, effective and rewarding. Our expertise in customer service, effective logistics and operational excellence will ensure our pallet recovery for reuse service is implemented seamlessly and effortlessly. Once established, the service will require a small amount of your businessís resource to deliver measurable benefits. RPS will take the hassle out of pallets for you.
There are no initial payments for our pallet recovery for reuse service. In simple terms you pay nothing until the collected pallets and packaging are returned to your site for reuse. Typically, collections of the empty pallets are free for your customers too, so they do not need to pay for a collection. RPS provides a financially risk free solution based on results, not promises.
This all depends on your current new pallet supply costs and in turn your total pallet spend. As timber prices continue to increase, so too does the price of new wooden pallets. RPS could potentially save your company up to 20% by recovering and supplying your existing pallets for reuse. Compared to the price of new pallets, we could possibly save up to 50% depending on the construction of the packaging item collected for reuse.
As an example, recovery of reconditioned Euro size pallets (1200.800mm) or Standard size pallets (1200.1000mm) generally provides a 20% saving. However, if the pallets are a heavy duty 1200.1200mm drum pallet, RPS can return for reuse with savings between 40-50%.
A realistic consideration for the savings that could potentially be generated can be discussed after an initial meeting to clarify the parameters of recovery.
The whole intention of implementing this system is for RPS to remove excessive time and resource so you can concentrate on your business rather than dedicating valuable time to your packaging. RPS takes the hassle out of pallets.
In terms of setting up the recovery process, informing your customers of the intent to recover is the most important. You can either send out letters to supporting customers or email a copy of a signed letter of authorisation to RPS so we can inform customers of your intention to collect.
Once customers have been informed, to facilitate effective recovery RPS can use your dispatch data to understand where and how many of your pallets have been dispatched to customers.
From here, RPS will contact your customers on an agreed frequency and demonstrate the savings you can make. We would periodically review the recovery performance with you and identify where further improvements can be made.
In simple terms waste determined by the ownerís intention. If a person, or a company, no longer wants something then it is considered waste, despite the fact the item could potentially be reused or recycled into a new product.
Waste can be reclassified as a good product after treatment, for example a damaged wooden pallet being repaired to full working order, so the idea of waste isnít just throwing things in a bin bag and thatís it.
Because of this it is easy to understand why pallets are not seen as a type of waste. The definition of waste continues to feed debates at Government level and it becomes even more complicated when opinions collide. As explained above, a pallet is waste as soon as the producer declares that they do not want it anymore.
As such, the correct permits and licences must be held by any pallet company wishing to collect and repair pallets. This is to ensure that waste is being handled correctly and compliantly. Unwanted and damaged pallets are waste and therefore they must be collected on an appropriate waste transfer note. The producer must sign the note to confirm they have explored the best options, such as reuse, before considering recycling and/or landfill. The collection of pallets, and other transit packaging, for reuse through the RPS network complies with the aims of this legislation.
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The RPS recovery service provides clients with a reduced environmental impact. Existing and emerging environmental legislation requires businesses to seek alternative solutions to landfill, and in certain circumstances alternative positive solutions above recycling. The Circular Economy Package sets out preferable options that businesses should apply to ensure the most environmental solution has been implemented. All companies have a duty of care to apply the best solution to waste.
To keep your mind at ease, all collections that RPS performs are completed with the correct permits, licences and accreditations. A comprehensive duty of care audit is performed regularly in line with our ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 accreditations so you can rest assured that your used pallets are being handled responsibly.
If your annual turnover is £2m and you generate 50 tonnes of packaging waste a year then your company is obligated to submit data under packaging waste regulations. As part of the Government's efforts to reduce the overall amount of packaging waste entering the UK waste stream, the regulation gives businesses the opportunity to review their packaging strategies to reduce waste and the amount of obligated compliance tax.
Schemes such as the Circular Economy Package help analyse wastes and encourage reuse and recycling rather than landfill disposal. An example of this in relation to packaging includes the reuse of pallets. A refurbished pallet is not obligated under a packaging waste submission as only new packaging is considered. As a used pallet is on its second trip it is not new and therefore exempt from obligation.
This is another area where the collection of your packaging for reuse is commercially beneficial. Essentially, all new packaging is subject to a compliance tax. However, once the new packaging has been collected for reuse, the recovered packaging is then exempt from that tax. This principle applies to used pallets. New pallets are obligated as raw materials have been used in its manufacture. Once the pallets have been used and then recovered for reuse, you can exclude them from your annual compliance tax. RPS can offer you all the necessary compliance expertise you need to ensure you take full advantage of the benefits available.
Depending upon your operations you could be eligible to apply for an environmental permit. There are various environmental permitting options, all of which look at the best ways to protect the environment and ensure all of your activities are being performed with responsible environmental awareness and comply with legislation.
The Environment Agency (EA) has a section on the UK Government website explaining the various permits available including information of the Environmental Permitting Regulations (England and Wales) 2010. Here you will be able to find the correct environmental permit for your business.
You may be eligible to apply for a waste exemption permit which allows your company to handle goods that are considered to be part of a low risk waste handling operation. RPS operates under waste exemptions as the packaging we handle falls under the low risk category and the volumes we handle are within the allowance provided by the permit.
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RPS refers to the Environmental Agency section of the UK Government website for legislation updates. There is also valuable information on the Government Net Regs website.
If you require information on environmental management or would like to find out more about pollution and environmental awareness then the Environment Agency sections on the UK Government website has all the information you need. You can also get help with implementing your own environmental management system.
For information on waste management relating to packaging speak to RPS and we'll be able to advise you on the best options for your packaging waste.
RPS refers to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website for legislation updates. There is also valuable information on the Government Net Regs website.
If you require information on occupational and workplace health and safety, the HSE website has all the information you need. It provides a great amount of information on good working conditions, for example what personal protective equipment (PPE) your business should be using.
The waste hierarchy details the sustainable ways to handle waste. From a packaging perspective, RPS encourages the reuse of pallets and packaging as this is a preferred option compared to recycling and energy recovery. It also helps to reduce your overall packaging costs as reusing a wooden pallet can be done at a lower price compared to replacing used pallets with new.
The Circular Economy Package encourages a pan-European approach to waste. The concept of the circular economy, advocated by groups such as the EEllen McArthur Foundation, aims to bring our society back to a Ďmake do and mendí approach to waste. The waste hierarchy fits into this concept perfectly by encouraging the reuse of items, or the recycling of old items into new products. The materials have already been extracted for an original use, so we should reuse or recycle these to prevent excessive excavation of further raw materials.
This abolishes the linear economy we have come to accept over previous decades and return ourselves to a more sustainable society.
Pallets come in all shapes and sizes dependent on their intended use. There are regular sizes, for example standard or euro pallet size which are 1200.1000mm and 1200.800mm respectively. However, there are numerous variations of pallets available. Read our pallet specifications page to see the range of pallets RPS can provide including standard and euro pallets, square pallets and CP pallets.
If you would like to purchase bespoke pallets please contact RPS and we will be able to advise you on the best pallets for your intended use and at competitive prices.
Collecting pallets for reuse can easily be confused with pallet recycling. According to legislation, recycling is turning an existing product into a new usable product. That would mean pallet recycling would be turning wooden pallet boards into some shelving, using a full pallet to build a composting area in a garden or allotment and a complete transformation could be building pallet garden furniture. None of these options are using the pallet in its original intended use, to carry goods. If you wish to use the pallet multiple times to deliver goods to customers this is called pallet reuse.
Reuse is when an item retains in original intended use and can be reused more than once, much like a glass milk bottle. A pallet collection company can determine if pallets are fit for reuse. Once inspected, sorted and repaired the pallets can be returned for reuse and typically at a lower price compared to buying new.
Confusing recycling further is the management of wood waste or scrap wood. Used pallets that are excessively damaged can be dismantled to recover the good boards which can then be used to repair other damaged pallets. This would fall under reuse as the pallet, despite being dismantled, is being used for its original purpose. Alternatively, excessively damaged pallets can be chipped and used as a biomass fuel for heat energy recovery.
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