Recycling has been embedded in the corporate philosophy of Trade Well Pallets Inc. from the beginning. In 1978, the work force was trained to utilize as much of the purchased lumber as possible. At that time, the lumber was sorted and reprocessed sometimes 2 or 3 times before it could be used. A dust collection system for collecting sawdust was implemented and the sawdust was marked and sold as livestock bedding. Because technology was not what it is today, some of the wood waste ended up at the landfills.
Recycling even the wood waste was the driving force behind the growth of the used pallet division. The purchase of equipment such as grinders, chippers, and dust collection systems to process waste material into marketable products has been put in place to enhance the recycle side of the business. For example, a commercial tub grinder processes scrap wood into usable retail products such as mulch and sawdust. All cardboard and steel arriving at Trade Well Pallet Inc. is sorted and those materials are also recycled.
Currently, some of these by-products from recycled material are livestock bedding, landscaping mulch, playground wood chips, and wood fuel. It is with pride and continued commitment to the environment that 100% of the logs and lumber purchased by Trade Well Pallet Inc. are utilized.