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Bulk plastic containers are an excellent choice for any manufacturing facility or container warehousing. They’re used frequently during picking, assembly, processing, and distribution, employed by industries ranging from international pharmaceutical companies to poultry, automotive manufacturing, aerospace, bakeries, produce, apparel companies, and electronics.
In buying bulk plastic containers, they serve a great dual purpose in both storage as well as transportation. Plastic pallets are built to last and should last up to a decade or longer quite easily. They’re also ideal for moving fragile products, requiring added protection to avoid the risk of damage or spill.
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Here’s a little more insight into the world of plastic containers.
There are many reasons why we go to plastics for bulk containers and bins. Firstly, the bins can be used again and again, and still retain the same performance which is something you can’t always say for non-plastic alternatives. They are also stackable containers that save on storage space, regardless of whether you’re on a large-scale industrial site or a mid-sized manufacturing warehouse.
Bulk plastic containers are also made from eco-friendly, recyclable materials and can be recycled again at the end of their use. Another benefit is that plastics are more affordable than metal or other materials. Furthermore, they’re very easy to clean. If there’s a spill of any kind or should it happen to become dirty in some way, you don’t need to exert large amounts of effort trying to get it clean.
There are many types of plastic containers available, including bulk plastic storage with lids and without, collapsible containers, new industrial plastic totes, used industrial plastic totes, and plastic sets. They’re all made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE), designed for automotive environments. This is great for any manufacturer as they know they’re going to get something with the load capacity, rugged design, and durability to last. There are also industrial-grade bulk plastic containers that are durable and designed to prioritize on-site efficiency.
The design of bulk plastic containers includes reinforced legs which makes lifting and transportation easy with the right heavy equipment. Green Processing Company has some of the lightest plastic containers in the industry as well and never at the expense of strength nor performance. You may also choose to add custom labeling, such as ID tags at the base of a container, labels on the doors and walls or placards. These are all features that can be included when/if necessary.
When you buy in bulk, you’re saving a ton on what you’d pay accumulating plastic containers individually one-by-one.
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Collapsible bulk storage containers are extremely advantageous as they collapse into themselves when not in use.
That means they don’t need to sit around in your warehouse taking up valuable space.
When you need them, it’s a quick setup.
When you don’t, within seconds, you can fold them down and put them away until next time. Plastic collapsible bins are made from durable plastics, sure to protect the container throughout the course of its lifespan.
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Green Processing Company is a packaging solutions company that has the largest selection of bulk plastic containers in North America. Its products are distributed in Canada, the US, and Mexico. Designed to meet a wide range of applications, choose yours from collapsible to straight-wall models. Receive the strength and durability you want, need, and demand!
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Plastic pallets are the preferred choice by many warehouses, manufacturers, and companies with a need to ship products over long distances.
If you’re considering using plastic pallets, there are many reasons why plastic should be chosen over wood.
Pallets are a structure built flat which look similarly like suspended flooring and which allow for mechanical handling of goods via a forklift, front loader, or jack.
They are most recognizably made from wood although they can also be made from plastic.
There are several types of plastic pallets, including most commonly drum, export, display plastic pallets, spill control plastic pallets, hygienic, RFID pallets, anti-static, shipping pallets, and transport plastic pallets.
Each takes on a different application. Design-wise, there are differences between those which are stackable or rackable. They can also be manufactured from different plastic materials, including recyclable plastics.
There are many advantages to using plastic pallets for your business and several reasons why they’re selected over wood.
The plastic pallet design varies according to the need. The high-grade HDPE or PP plastic material is UV stabilized.
Plastic is very lightweight, weighing approximately 70 percent less than wood, which means lower shipping costs.
As a long-term investment, the average plastic pallet will last 10 times longer than a wood pallet. Plastic pallets are weather-resistant, chemical resistant, and impervious to weak acids and moisture – unlike wood.
Plastic is strong and durable, able to support a variety of shipping, transport, and storage needs.
Plastic pallets are 100% recyclable and reusable, which makes them significantly more eco-friendly than wood. If they’re stackable, you can save on space in a way wooden pallets don’t allow.
Plastic doesn’t have any splinters, nails sticking out, or sharp edges which makes them easier to handle and hazard-free.
You can buy plastic pallets completely new or recycled and/or refurbished.
A recycled plastic pallet from Green Processing Company uses high-density polyethylene (HDPE), HDPE structural foam, polypropylene (PP), high molecular weight polyethylene (HMW-PE), and PP/HDPE.
The process of recycling plastic to form pallets starts with inspecting for contaminants, such as metal or paper.
Then, we clean them, shred them in a powerful plastic shredder, and then the ground plastic is stored until a full load is ready. At that time, the shreds are inserted into an injection mold, heated, and cooled. This is how we recycle more than 50 million pounds of plastics annually.
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A lot of people may not be aware that plastic pallets can come with a seatbelt system included.
Seatbelt straps eliminate the need for plastic stretch wrap as well as the banding sometimes responsible for injuries and landfill waste.
For automotive manufacturing companies and others where seatbelts like these are common, you can achieve a lower cost-per-trip and improve expendable packaging numbers. Green Processing Company has pallets with no seatbelts, some with one, and others with two.
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Stackable plastic pallets are most commonly used in warehouses and in closed loop shipping.
Stackables enable a company to stack products one on top of the other, without the risk of a pallet falling or slipping.
There are also rackable pallets that are best suited for use if you’re using a rack.
These are designed to be placed on a rack with no interference. They’re typically used when a heavy load is required to be held and/or to save more space on the containers warehousing floor.
Some of the key differences to weigh as to whether stackables or rackables are most appropriate for you to begin with load capacity. Rackables can carry a much heavier load compared to stackables.
Rackables are generally easier to clean although both pallet types can be cleaned. Stackables are usually best for warehousing, processing, and manufacturing, as opposed to rackables which are built better for heavy-duty loads, for long-distance shipping, and/or for a complex returnable supply chain environment.
Green Processing Company is an industrial packaging solutions company that has helped dozens of companies switch to plastic to manufacture, move, and store product.
Plastic has become the preferred method of storage and delivery for several industries, used by the automotive industry most prominently.
High quality in design, eco-friendly, and always with reliable performance, you’ll be glad you purchased plastic pallets for your business.
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Plastic pallets or wood pallets. This is a question a lot of retail, food and beverage companies, pharmaceutical corporations, industrial warehouses, and general small businesses weigh. Between plastic pallets and wood pallets, there are advantages and disadvantages to both. When it comes to which pallet type we prefer though, plastic is by and far the superior option. Here’s why:
While wood pallets are generally biodegradable, pallets for sale are considered more eco-friendly as they are reusable. Then, when a plastic pallet can no longer be reused, it can be melted down at the end of its lifespan and recycled.
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Plastic pallets are perfect for products that need to be stored or transported with strict hygienic requirements. They’re also extremely easy to clean, wash, and/or sterilize. Any moisture, spill, or food that comes into contact with a wood pallet will get absorbed into the wood. Plastic doesn’t absorb a thing.
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Wood pallets are significantly heavier than plastic pallets. If you’re packing a lot of product in transportation, weight’s certainly something you want to keep in mind. This is yet another point on which plastic succeeds where wood fails.
Plastic pallets are sometimes viewed as a more expensive material than wood because the upfront cost is higher. Where the cost-effectiveness of plastic comes into play is in use. Wood pallets are estimated to be good for roughly 5-6 trips on average before they start to break down. Now, compare this to plastic pallets which can easily last up to 250 trips and sometimes longer. In the long term, there’s a lot of money to be saved!
Wood pallets are most commonly used in general manufacturing and warehouses because of how cheap they are to purchase and their effectiveness as a resource. That said, wood pallets are not suited for pharmaceuticals, chemicals, or food and beverage companies. Contaminations, chemical or non-chemical spills, and moisture can completely kill wood. For food and beverages, chemical storage and transportation, and pharma companies, plastic pallets are safe, protective, and aren’t porous like wood so they won’t absorb moisture or grow fungus.
Plastic pallets have a significantly longer lifespan than wood, as mentioned earlier. Did you know though that plastic pallets can last up to 10 years and beyond – it’s true! Alternatively, wood pallets won’t even come close to that number.
Some countries have regulations in place to oversee the import of wood pallets while others completely prohibit it. If you’re shipping containers overseas and/or internationally, plastic pallets avoid these regulations altogether which makes it easier to move products through your supply chain.
Wood pallets and the fasteners used to stabilize goods on them can sometimes lead to damage. Punctures on products such as a can of paint can cause significant damage, require an immediate clean-up, and possibly delay the arrival of goods. Plastic is much better contained and poses less risk to the product. For fragile items, this is perfect.
These are just a few of the reasons why to choose plastic pallets over wood. Although wood pallets are the most commonly used in manufacturing and logistics, more and more companies and corporations across so many different industries are realizing the benefits of plastic.
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Used by more than a dozen industries in North America, collapsible plastic containers give the opportunity to store and transport a wide variety of items.
There are several benefits to this type of bulk storage containers that make them a go-to choice for so many companies. If you’re thinking about potentially purchasing collapsible containers to move parts, items, or materials, here are a few advantages to keep in mind.
Perhaps the biggest reason why bulk plastic containers are preferred is that they’re collapsible. This reduces the amount of storage space required to hold them in, when not in use. The four sides of your container collapse inwardly which makes it easy to stack and store as needed.
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No matter what industry you’re in, we can almost guarantee at least one of your competitors is using collapsible plastic containers. Some of the workplaces where they are most common include aerospace, agriculture, retail and apparel, appliance manufacturing and transportation, automotive, bakery, electronics, food and beverage, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, produce, storage, warehousing, and waste management.
If you’re a manufacturing company, normally, you’re going to need one product to store what you make and then, a second product to ship it. Collapsible storage containers have a dual purpose, resolving your shipping and storage needs. Save yourself the capital of having to invest in additional infrastructure by going with an advanced product like this. Compared to traditional shipping containers alone, a company is reducing its return shipping expenses.
If it doesn’t fit neatly on a traditional wood pallet because of its bulkiness or its size, a bin with four walls is one of the perfect packaging solutions. Much more practical for non-traditional, non-standard sized items, when you ship inside a new plastic container, it’s just as safe and secure as a pallet – in some cases, more so. The bottom dimensions of your bin are also pallet-sized, meaning they can be easily implemented into existing manufacturing processes and easily fit on warehouse forklifts.
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Having fixed walls means you can fit more inside what you would on a non-wall platform. Collapsible plastic containers are also stackable and having them stacked does not sacrifice safety either. The fixed plastic walls are rigid in fabrication and design. Rest assured in knowing your contents will be safe in their journey. Simply put, you get to ship more and know that it’s safe.
Collapsible bulk containers can be reused again and again, compared to wood and corrugated cardboard which has a significantly shorter lifespan. For companies that have used wood and cardboard, they get damaged over time and rather quickly, it becomes impossible to reuse them. Thick plastics are very rugged and built for the wear and tear of everyday use. As they’re maneuvered and transported, they’re much better off guarding against possible damage.
Using durable walls of plastic, you’ll find yourself with a design optimized for safety and protection. The latches are built strong and the polyethylene walls maintain shape throughout any journey.
These are just a few of the advantages of collapsible plastic containers, and some of the reasons why they’re being chosen by more and more companies across Canada and the United States and Mexico.
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