Frequently Asked Questions About Greystone 100% Recycled Plastic Pallets
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Do you buy or sell resin or excess plastic?
We purchase HDPE scrap, pellets, purchings, dust, shavings and parts. We periodically sell some excess pelletized Santoprene, HDPE and comingled-baled scrap TPU and ABS car bumpers.
What does Greystone Logistics manufacture?
Greystone is the largest 100% recycled plastic pallet manufacturer in the United States.
What size pallets does Greystone make?
- 40x32 (three skids)*
- 48x40 (full picture frame heavy duty and mid duty models available)*
- 48x44 (full picture frame or three skids)*
- 37x37 (full picture frame)*
- 1100x1200 (metric footprint with full picture frame or three runner)*
- 48x40 (nestable for light duty or export)
- 48x40 (monoblock)
- 36x36 (full picture frame)
- 48x48 (full picture frame)
- 56x44 (one piece full picture frame)
- 24x40 (monoblock)
- 48x45 (Intermediary Bulk Container)
- 37x32 (three skids)*
*Anti-skid grommets and fiberglass support rods optional
How much do they cost?
Prices are quoted FOB Bettendorf, Iowa and are based on quantities ordered. A convenient way to get a quote is available on this web site. Greystone provides a residual (trade-in) credit for all pallets sold and buys other old plastic pallet scrap to help our customers.
Why are plastic pallets better than wood?
- last 10-50 times longer than wood
- have residual (trade-in) value
- field tested with over 3 million delivered
- high coefficient of friction with anti-skid design for top, bottom, and fork lift tine contact
- 2,800 pound rackable to ASTM standards
- 5,000 pound dynamic load
- 25,000 pound static load
- each pallet prevents 50 pounds of post industrial plastic from going in landfills
- each pallet prevents 50-70 pounds of wood from being used in a pallet thus helping reduce deforestation and associated landfill of used/broken wooden pallets
- plastic pallets are perfect for closed loop systems
- plastic pallets have substanitally lower life cycle costs (cost per trip)
- no maintenance/repair-reground to make a new plastic pallet when damaged
- no exposed nails, wood chips, or broken boards on manufacturing or warehouse floors preventing fork lift issues, wood in machinery, and providing better safety for reducing injuries, lowering workers' comp claims, and minimizes damaged product
- non-porous and non-permeable for better sanitation
- no bug or biological infestation
- better aesthetics-more attractive for display
- lighter than wood
- helps companies comply with rapid health, safety and regulatory changes occurring
- consistant size for automated pallet systems
- overcomes many wood pallet logistic and handling issues
Will the pallets work in a -15 degree environment?
Greystone can use an additive to allow use at these extreme temperatures.
Are the pallets fire retardant?
Greystone pallets ignite at a higher temperature than wood. Fire retardant additives can be added which increases the cost.
Have the pallets been laboratory tested?
The Greystone pallets have the following listings, classifications, approvals & compliance tests (on pallet designs):
- Sun Microsystems-Advanced Product Testing-ASTM D-1185 for a single package structure
- Lansmont Corporation AIAG RC-9 Returnable Container Performace Test
- Michigan State School of Packaging-Testing and Evaluation
- Center for Unit Load Design Virgina Tech-Testing & Evaluation
- Montreal Protocol Compliant
- Patented Design with anti-skid inserts
USDA Clarification on Materials Used in Meat & Poultry Facilities
In general, USDA does not “approve” materials, equipment, chemicals /coatings, etc. for use in meat and poultry establishments. The use of such equipment/materials is subject to the Sanitation Performance Standards, found in 9 CFR 416.1 – 416.5. In particular, 416.4(c) requires that chemicals used by the establishment must be safe and effective under the conditions of use.
Also, 416.3(a)(2) requires that equipment and utensils used for processing or otherwise handling edible product or ingredients must be of such material and construction to facilitate thorough cleaning and to ensure that their use will not cause the adulteration of product during processing, handling or storage. In other words, establishments that use any equipment or other technology in the food production or storage areas of the establishment should be able to demonstrate that this substance will not result in adulteration of products or insanitary conditions.
FSIS Directive 7640.1 Amend. 1 addresses the previous function of the USDA approving equipment for use in a processing and/or slaughter environment.
Here is a link to that Directive:
Underwriters Laboratories, www.ul.com,
Dairy Division on USDA, www.ams.usda.gov/dairy/mp_equip/mp_guidelines.pdf