Environmental Impact of Pallet Recycling

At Paramount Pallet, we are deeply committed to the environment. Our operations are driven by this commitment, and we aim to offer recycled solutions that benefit both our customers and the planet.

Sustainability in Action

Our recycled pallet solutions provide cost-effective and sustainable supply chain support. In choosing recycled pallets, businesses are reducing the demand for new lumber for wood pallet manufacturing. During periods when lumber prices soared, our dedication to recycling provided invaluable cost savings for our customers. This commitment to recycled pallets has allowed us to navigate economic fluctuations while minimizing the environmental impact.

Debunking the Misnomer

One common misconception is that new pallets perform better than recycled ones. However, it all comes down to aesthetics, not functionality. When the specifications are managed properly, the performance of both new and recycled pallets is identical. By educating our customers about this fact, we empower them to make sustainable choices that have a positive impact on the environment.

Cost-Effectiveness and Environmental Benefits

The cost of recycled pallets is significantly lower when compared to new ones, offering financial advantages for businesses while being environmentally responsible. By opting for recycled pallets, companies actively contribute to limiting landfill waste, as pallets are diverted from the waste stream. Additionally, the process of recycling pallets conserves natural resources, such as timber, reducing the need for deforestation and helping to combat soil erosion.

Maximizing Pallet Resources

At Paramount, we maximize the use of all pallets and their components to minimize waste. Pallets that are no longer usable in their original form are repurposed into custom pallets. This extends their lifespan and reduces the need for new pallet production. Furthermore, any remaining pallet material is repurposed for various applications. For instance, the dregs of pallets can be recycled into mulch or animal bedding, while in Toronto, we transform them into wood flour. This wood flour is then used as a bonding agent for composite products like decking, railing, and furniture, ensuring a sustainable lifecycle for the pallet material.

Zero Waste Initiatives

Our commitment to sustainability goes beyond pallet recycling. At our Laval plant, we minimize waste production to the greatest extent practicable, resulting in little to no landfill waste disposal. We use an onsite grinder, to process any wood that can’t be made into pallets, supplying it to the wood fiber market, preventing it from ending up in landfills. We have also established processes to recycle other materials like shrink wrap and cardboard. By bailing and providing these materials to recyclers, we minimize waste and contribute to a circular economy.

Energy Efficiency and Soil Preservation

Recycling a pallet and preparing it for reuse consumes significantly less energy compared to creating a new pallet from scratch. By opting for recycled pallets1, businesses reduce their carbon footprint and conserve energy resources, further benefiting the environment. Additionally, by utilizing recycled pallets, we contribute to reducing soil erosion by avoiding the need to cut down trees for new pallet production. This sustainable practice helps preserve vital ecosystems and promotes a healthier planet for future generations.

The environmental impact of pallet recycling is undeniable. At Paramount Pallet Recycling, we are proud to offer sustainable solutions that benefit both our customers and the planet. By embracing recycled pallets, businesses can enjoy cost savings, reduce landfill waste, conserve natural resources, and contribute to a greener future. Together, let's make a difference and choose sustainability for a better tomorrow.

Let's Talk Pallets

As Canada's premier pallet recycler, Paramount Pallet brings a comprehensive solution to your pallet needs. Our nationwide service includes supply, retrieval, and customization of pallets, all tailored to optimize your business's resources.


With a team of seasoned experts at your disposal, we're committed to delivering excellence. Reach out to us today for a personalized quote, or to further explore how we can provide the pallet solutions that your business requires.

1. Carbon footprint of an EUR-sized wooden and a plastic pallet. Ivan Deviatkin1,*, Mika Horttanainen1 1Department of Sustainability Science, School of Energy Systems, Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT, 53850, Lappeenranta, Finland.