pellets by the ton

Xena Posted By Xena, Jul 9, 2008 at 2:32 AM

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  1. Xena

    Xena
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    What are you guys all doing with the wood pallets that
    the pellets get delivered on? I put them in front of the
    house and eventually someone comes by and takes them
    but I'm wondering what you folks are doing with them.
     
  2. Souzafone

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    We burn them during the outdoor burning season. If you're having a problem getting rid of them there's a guy local to me that will pick them up, as he re-sells them, or look in your yellow pages.
     
  3. abrucerd

    abrucerd
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    Last year (my first year) I actually used mine to create a compost bin... and I'll use this years delivery to build another bin to go right next to last years. I read online that pallets are an inexpensive way to build a compost bin, and actually do a decent composting job.

    My question, though... what do people do with all the individual plastic bags that the pellets come in.
     
  4. mlwschultz

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    The dealer we're getting our pellets from will take them back if we don't want them (we don't). If we can empty the pallet while they're still there, they'll take them then, otherwise at the next delivery, or we can drop them off ourselves (out of our way, so we won't do that). our neighbor burns wood, but doesn't want the pallets (nails, etc.).
     
  5. j00fek

    j00fek
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    my brother heats his house on 50% wood in the winter, about 25% of that is pallet wood he accrues during the summer.

    just did a load with him lastnight
     
  6. Xena

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    Pretty neat idea!


    My local recycle has no problem taking the plastic bags. I've been
    putting them in my recycle bin for three years now.
     
  7. tinkabranc

    tinkabranc
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    We always keep atleast four pallets in our basement for the pellet bags to sit on.
    Don't have a garage so we have to move the bags in one by one each season.

    The rest of the pallets get burned outside in the summertime.
    We recycle the weather covers and pellet bags.
     
  8. hoverfly

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    GF step dad has a wood stove. I give him my scraps and will do the same with the pallets.
     
  9. buildingmaint

    buildingmaint
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    My bags say " RECYCLABLE " on them ,so for the past three years ,I've been putting them in my recyclable container that get picked up on garbage day. Then one day last year I come home to find that all my bags are laying throughout my yard. All the other stuff that was in the container was gone , just the bags blowing around my house were not. So I call and they tell me that they "WE NEVER TAKE PLASTIC BAGS , NEVER , SORRY SIR YOU ARE INCORRECT IF YOU THINK WE HAVE BEEN TAKING THOSE BAGS , IT MUST OF BEEN SOME ONE ELSE TAKING THEM , BECAUSE OUR PEOPLE KNOW BETTER THEN TO TAKE PLASTIC BAGS ,UNLESS THEY ARE MARKED 1-12. My bags are marked 4 . Oh, she says then we should take them . I did not mind that they didn't take them , as any one can make an honest mistake , I just didn't like running all over the neighborhood picking up my bags, that they did not put back in the container on a windy day.
     
  10. Willman

    Willman
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    Recycled plastic bags are the main ingredient in composite decking, think Trex.
     
  11. peterpski666

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    Keep in mind that most of those pallets are treated to prevent rot much like pressure treated, and the smoke can be toxic. My old neighbor burned them solely and it killed us with the smoke in wintertime.
     
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