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A Guide to Plastic Pallets

Plastic pallets are a great option for businesses that require pallets for transport or storage purposes. Not only are reinforced plastic pallets incredibly hard-wearing and ideal for a range of applications, but they are also eco-friendly. At Inka Pallets, the majority of our plastic pallets for sale are made from recycled plastics, and our whole range of pallets can be recycled at the end of service.

These are just some of the benefits that make plastic pallets an attractive and viable option for most businesses, but given that wooden pallets are still regarded as the traditional option, there’s a lot to be learned about plastic pallets, their advantages, and their applications.

As leading suppliers of plastic pallets for sale in the UK, we are best placed to provide a comprehensive guide, so keep reading to learn more.

Types of Plastic Pallets 

There are several types of plastic pallets available to suit a broad range of needs. It’s important to understand the different types so you can choose the right option for you. Below is a list of the main types of plastic pallets, but we offer more than those listed below. You can view our full range of plastic pallets here.

Nestable Pallets 

If you have a lot of items to store in one place, nestable plastic pallets are a good option because they’re among the most space-saving. The legs of the pallets slot into one another, allowing this type of pallet to take up roughly a quarter of the space required by other types of pallets.

Nestable pallets are commonly used in storage yards as they can be stacked up to 70 units high across a 2.2m stack. The ingenuity of the nestable design means they’re also ideal for transporting as more pallets can be slotted onto one truck, reducing the need for return journeys. Added to the recyclable nature of the plastic material, nestable pallets make for an eco-friendly option all around.

Pallets can easily take up a lot of space in your warehouse, so if you find that you’re running out of room, consider swapping to nestable pallets. They’re oftentimes cheaper than stackable pallets but offer all the same usability benefits.

We offer a wide range of nestable export pallets at competitive prices. You can browse our range and see our available sizes here.

Rackable Pallets

Rackable pallets are broadly considered to be the most heavy-duty type of industrial plastic pallets. This is due to the fact they have at least three runners or full perimeter bases, which allow weight to be more evenly distributed, and therefore more can be stacked on top. For added strength, some Rackable pallets have steel profiled to provide reinforcement and increase the loading capacity up the 1,800kg.

As the name suggests, rackable pallets are ideal for storing on top of open beam racking in storage warehouses and facilities. If you have closed-off racking, consider nestable pallets instead; however, if you want to learn more about rackable plastic pallets at Inka Pallets, you can browse our range here.

Hygiene Pallets 

Unlike wooden pallets, plastic pallets can easily be wiped down which makes them a great option for the food and pharmaceutical industries. At Inka Pallets, our hygiene pallets are manufactured using food-approved virgin high-density polyethylene plastic that doesn’t absorb chemicals. There are also no gaps which mean nothing can seep into crevices, ensuring a completely wipeable and sterile surface.

To prevent cross-contamination, we provide hygiene pallets in a wide range of colours and can also print your branding or sequential numbering onto the pallets. On top of this, they are hard-wearing and can withstand heavy weights. To find out more about hygiene pallets, you can view our range here.

Container Pallets 

For shipping purposes, container pallets are the best option. They are specifically designed to fit optimally within 20ft or 40ft sea containers. Due to their design and nature, all our container pallets can hold loads exceeding one tonne evenly distributed. Their recyclable material makes them a better and sturdier option compared to wooden pallets.

You can view our selection of plastic shipping container pallets here.

Advantages of Plastic Pallets vs. Wood Pallets 

The biggest question people ask about plastic pallets is what are their advantages over wood pallets? Well, there are several, including:

  • Easier to transport – plastic is more durable than wood which means the risk of breaking down after several trips is limited
  • Safer to handle – unlike wood pallets, plastic pallets won’t splinter and are less likely to give way under heavy weights due to how they’re manufactured
  • Space-saving – nestable plastic pallets, in particular, are incredibly space-saving compared to wood pallets, making them a great option for those who need to save floor space
  • More hard-wearing – plastic pallets aren’t susceptible to things like wood rot, meaning they are far more hygienic and longer-lasting, particularly on journeys where they may get weathered

Order Plastic Pallets Today 

If you want more information on plastic pallets or plastic pallet boxes, or if you want to place an order for plastic pallets with Inka Pallets, please get in touch with us, and we will be happy to help you find the right solution for your needs.

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