How to Recycle Your Empty Plastic Wood Pellet Bags

As a company in the business of green energy, we’re very aware of the serious problems our environment is faced with. While recycling rates have been increasing along with growing public concern over pollution and landfills, there is much room for improvement. In 2017 alone, there were 267.8 million tons of trash generated – and 139.6 million tons of that ended up in landfills.

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Avoiding single-use plastics and participating in home recycling are a couple of easy ways many Americans contribute to a greener future. Regarding the bags your wood pellets are delivered in, there is more we can do – aside from finding new ways to upcycle them.

Plastics labeled with the recyclable arrows symbol are categorized for acceptance based on your municipality. Find out if your town accepts wood pellet bags, which are low-density polyethylene (LDPE) number 4-coded plastic, for curbside pickup hereIf your town does not allow this type of plastic in your blue recycling bin, you don’t have to just throw it away.

Thousands of stores across the country have entryway drop off locations for those plastics not accepted in traditional recycling programs. Like many folks, you have probably walked right past these boxes in places like Target, Walmart and Hannaford without noticing them! Many clean, dry, empty plastics can be brought to these drop boxes, including clean pellet bags, bread bags, dry cleaning bags, shipping air pillows, shopping bags and so much more. To find your local list of drop off locations, enter your zip code here.

Proper recycling can be a challenge due to variations in recycling programs, unclear labeling, and inaccurate recyclability claims. Have you ever seen the How2Recycle symbol on items in your home? The How2Recycle labeling program was created to provide consistent and transparent on-package recycling information, making it easier to know what to do with non-recyclable plastics. Any package that you see with the How2Recycle Store Drop-Off label can be brought to any drop off location.

So what happens to these plastics? Instead of ending up in landfills, these materials are recycled into synthetic lumber for decking, park benches and playground sets. The broken down plastic is also commonly used to make new bags, pallets and containers. Learn more about the entire process and how you can help from the experts at Plastic Film Recycling!

 

Friends Don’t Let Friends Burn Bad Wood Pellets

Woodpellets.com ReferralAre you happy with your Woodpellets.com experience? Tell a friend! You can get $25 in credit added to your account every time you successfully refer a new customer!

Once your friend’s first order is delivered, your Woodpellets.com account will automatically be credited $25. So, if you’re happy with our service, our products and our convenient delivery…share the pellet love!
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Flex Savings Plan: The Free Budget Program for Wood Pellet Fuel

Much like with any fuel purchase – buying your wood pellets or wood bricks for the heating season can be a significant expense. The Woodpellets.com Flex Savings Plan was created to make saving up for that large order easier. Here’s how it works:
The only wood pellet budgeting program in the industry!Full plan details, frequently asked questions and terms/conditions can be found here. Questions? Call 1-800-PELLETS to learn more!

 

Custom Wood Pellet Fuel Covers with Velcro Access Now Available!

For years we’ve been reminding our customers that it’s safe to store your wood pellets outside, as long as you secure a sturdy tarp over them. We’ve heard concerns about sun damage, tarp shape, edges flying up, difficulty with accessing pellets, among others.

Read >> How to Store Your Wood Pellets Outside

We have heard your concerns and we have designed a solution available exclusively from Woodpellets.com! These sturdy tarps are made to fit perfectly over your wood pellets as they’re delivered on pallets. Plus, one side has a very convenient strip of velcro to make opening up and closing a breeze.

Sturdy Pallet Covers with Velcro Access by Woodpellets.comAvailable in a 50” height for 1-ton skids and a 72” height for a 1.5 ton skid, each protective tarp is 49 inches in length and width, with a white outside and black underside. The 8×8 woven material is rated for 1 year of UV protection to help with protection from the elements.

These brand new covers were created with our customers’ needs in mind – so we feel confident they’ll help you better protect your precious Woodpellets.com fuel.

Order your wood pellet tarp online or call 1-800-735-5387 to speak to a representative!

Wood Pellet Heating 101

Although over one million homes in the United States use wood pellet fuel as a heating source, there are still many frequent questions and misconceptions about heating with wood pellets. Below, we have compiled a list of the most common inquiries we hear from both new and existing pellet users.

 How Many Bags of Pellets Should I Buy?

Woodpellets.com Driveway DeliveryThe amount of pellets you can expect to burn through in a heating season depends on the quality of the wood pellets and the efficiency of the stove – among other things. However, one bag of quality pellets will commonly provide a full day of good, steady heat.

The average residential wood pellet customer in the Northeast uses 150-200 bags of wood pellets throughout the entire heating season. There are 50 bags in one ton of pellets, so that’s 3-4 tons.

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Plan Ahead for Christmas Tree Removal with a Wood Pellet Delivery Shroud

Use the shroud cover from your ton of wood pellets as a Christmas tree clean-up tool!You can always re-use empty pellet bags and wood pallets for DIY projects – but what about the shroud that comes wrapped around your pellet delivery? It can come in really handy this time of year.

Hauling out the Christmas tree after the holidays can be a messy, arduous task. On top of being repeatedly poked with sharp branches, the dried out needles get absolutely everywhere. With a little tweak ahead of time, you can avoid this headache.

Simply position the shroud on the floor where the tree will go, and roll up the sides in order to hide it under the tree skirt. When you’re ready to take the tree out – you’ll have this heavy plastic in place to help. Simply unfurl the shroud up and around the tree to cover and secure it for removal!

Happy Heating!

How to Safely Re-Stack Wood Pellet Bags

Woodpellets.com Customer Re-Stacking Techniques

Many folks don’t have the space to keep their wood pellet fuel stacked on pallets as delivered. Although storing wood pellets outside is possible and very common, we’ve noticed our customers often have our delivery drivers place the skids near an entrance to the house for re-stacking inside.

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How to Keep Wood Pellets Stored Safely Outside 

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In order to demonstrate a bag stacking method within a small space, we placed 3 whole tons of wood pellets (150 bags) in a 6 foot wide space using a very simple hand-stacking technique, described below.
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Coming Soon: A Special Tarp Designed to Cover and Protect Your Wood Pellet Fuel!

Many folks don’t have space in their homes, sheds or garages for bulky pallets of pellet fuel. For years we’ve been reminding our customers that it’s safe to store your wood pellets outside, as long as you secure a sturdy tarp over them.

Read >> How to Store Your Wood Pellets Outdoors

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But what if the tarp isn’t properly treated to keep the sun from damaging the inner layers of plastic? Or what if the tarp’s shape doesn’t fully cover the pallet of pellets? Will the edges of the tarp fly up and expose your fuel to the elements? Won’t it be difficult to access the pellets if I properly secure the tarp?

Woodpellets.com Pallet Cover

We have heard your concerns and we have designed a solution, which will be exclusively available from Woodpellets.com! These sturdy UV-treated tarps are made to fit perfectly over your wood pellets as they’re delivered on pallets. Plus, one side has a very convenient strip of velcro to make opening up the tarp to access your fuel a breeze.

The entire Woodpellets.com team is very excited to announce these special pallet covers will be available soon – in both 1.5 ton and 1 ton sizes!

Wet Wood Pellets to Compost: Making Lemonade from Lemons

We always remind our customers to do a full inspection after delivery because punctures/tears can happen during the delivery process. If you find any damage to your wood pellets, call 1-800-PELLETS right away. But don’t worry…all Woodpellets.com Quality Certified fuels are backed by a Quality Guarantee!

Here’s what Barb from New York decided to use her damaged wood pellet bags for:

“In 2016 I had damaged pellets which you took care of for me and gave me permission to compost. I’d like to share with you what happened to some of those pellets.

I had a small wildflower garden at the edge of my walkway which was overrun with some very invasive & nasty weeds. I decided to put a raised bed in place there and try to rescue some summer blooming with Heart-Leafed Asters which were being run out by the weeds.

I thought I only had 6 bedraggled specimens left. Well, I rescued 48 struggling seedlings as I dug the mess up.I put in a 4’x8′ two-level raised bed, lots of landscaper’s cloth and a good layer of those composted pellets. I mixed it all up and transplanted all 48 seedlings into their spots in the raised beds.

All 48 Asters survived, grew to about 3′ high and bloomed profusely! This is their 3rd year of doing the same. Expensive compost to be sure but at least it didn’t go to waste. The flowers put on quite a show.”

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