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North Carolina Recycling Survey
Future Recycling Surveys on the Horizon?
Date Posted: 2/2/2005
According to 1997 estimates, only 37% (151,661 tons) of pallets discarded in
A survey was mailed to the 103 companies identified as pallet recyclers in
The study found that the average pallet recycler in
At present operating capacity (83%), researchers estimate that 36.5 million pallets are recycled each year in
Fifty-six percent of the companies surveyed plan to increase their pallet recycling capacity in the near future. Once this capacity is available,
Given existing recycling expansion plans and the ease of adding additional recycling capacity, pallet recyclers could manage a ban on landfilling pallets given an appropriate phase-in period. Any constraint would more likely be on selling additional recycled pallets, rather than the technical capacity to recycle. However, as also found in this survey, 85% of the companies indicated that they could sell more pallets if they had them, thus making a landfilling ban even more likely to be a successful proposition. Readers may relate to the recycling market in
The researchers compiled a list of 155 pallet recyclers in