Wooden pallets are the most common used pallets in the United States and in the world. It is estimated that 90% of all pallets are made of wood.
So why are 90% of all pallets made from wood? The answer: Wooden pallets are cheap compared to their properties. There are a lot of advantages to wood pallets but also some disadvantages. Read more about it here: Wooden pallets advantages and disadvantages
Wooden pallets dimensions
There are several dimensions available to wooden pallets. The most common one in the United States is about 48'' x 40'' x 5'' (1016mm x 1219mm x 120mm).
In Europe they usually use 47.24'' x 32.50'' x 5.00'' (800mm x 1200mm x 120mm). That standard is called EUR- or EU pallets.
But as mentioned above: there are several dimensions of wooden pallets several hundreds actually. If you want more information about standards used internationally you should read ISO 6870 thatís defining 6 dimensions.
Recycling wooden pallets
Damaged wooden pallets are often reconditioned using materials from other wooden pallets. Those wooden pallets that can't be repaired are often turned into wood chips that can be used as animal bedding, playground mulch or burned as wooden pellets.
Buying wooden pallets
There are a couple of things to think about when you want to buy woodenpallets. If you only need a couple of pallets you may want to take a look on the "used pallet" market. Read more about that here.
If you want to buy a large amount of wooden pallets or if you want some special dimensions you're probably better of invite tenders from different companies.
If the wooden pallets should be used to transport goods internationally you have to specify that as those pallets has to be treated against invasive species of insects and plant diseases.