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!

 

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!

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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Be Careful When Working with Wood Pallets

We love hearing from our customers on how they re-use leftover wood pallets from a home delivery.

If you decide to work on your own pallet DIY, be sure to take a look at the markings first. Remember to only reuse wood pallets stamped with “HT” – which stands for Heat Treated.

To learn more about what different stamps mean, and what pallet safety is all about, check out 1001 Pallets.

If you decide to burn your wood pallets, make sure you take into consideration where the metal remains will end up.

Check out the video below to see how many nails are leftover after burning – and how hidden they can be.

 

Do you have any pallet projects to share? Let us know!

Wood Pallet Bee Apiary Raised Platform by a Woodpellets.com Customer

Check out how a Woodpellets.com customer from New Hampshire used some leftover wood pallets for her bee apiary! She used two pallets, reinforced them with 2X6’s and raised them up using cement blocks.
Bee Apiary from Wood Pallets - Woodpellets.com

Amy says, “I’ve had my bees on this platform for 3 years and it’s perfect for me! I love being a bee keeper and trying to help them.”

Reducing, reusing and recycling is so important for the environment. There are so many ways to re-use what you might otherwise throw away, and all you need is a little creativity and (sometimes) a few tools.

Post a photo of your upcycle project on the Woodpellets.com Facebook page by August 1st to be entered in the 2019 Earth Day Pallet Project Contest. First place will receive a $50 Amazon gift card!

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Wood Pallet Re-Use DIY Contest

When you finish burning a ton of wood pellets, you’re left with a wooden pallet and empty pellet bags. When you re-stack bags from your pellet delivery, you’re left with the pallets. What do you do with them? Show us a photo for a chance to win an Amazon gift card!

Post a photo of your upcycle project on the Woodpellets.com Facebook page by August 1st to be entered in the 2019 Earth Day Pallet Project Contest. First place will receive a $50 Amazon gift card!

Need some inspiration? Check out some of our past upcycling posts:

Woodpellets.com Wood Pallet DIY and Empty Wood Pellet Bag Reuse Challenge

Reducing, reusing and recycling is so important for the environment. There are so many ways to re-use what you might otherwise throw away, and all you need is a little creativity and (sometimes) a few tools.

Look How This Woodpellets.com Customer Reuses Wood Pallets

If you’ve received a pellet fuel delivery, you may have wondered what you could do with the leftover wood pallets. Stephen B. of Massachusetts (a Woodpellets.com customer) showed us a few of his pallet projects:

Pooch Assistance

“The first is a doggie tunnel I made to give clear passage for the dog in the winter. The outside has plastic sheeting from a pellet shipment. Skye is our dog. When the weather is poor the tunnel helps her to get out of the doggie door.”

Wood Pallet Dog Tunnel

Treehouse Hangout

“Here you see the pallet frame with the roof and porch framed. In the next photo I have the metal roof up and I’m getting ready for the siding. I used lots of other repurposed materials: old staircase from play system, telephone poles for supports, cedar fence panels, old doors.”

Wood Pallet Treehouse DIY

Clearly this structure is a large scale project. Stephen explains, “Been chipping away at the treehouse for a few seasons now. Free time is not too abundant.”

DIY Wood Pallet Bottle OpenerHe also somehow found the time to create this handy bottle opener to hang on the wall. As if we weren’t already impressed, he tells there’s a pellet bin project in the works too. Stay tuned for an update on that!

Do you have any wood pallet DIYs to share?

Tell us about them in the comments or on our Facebook page!

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