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Used Gaylord Boxes for sale: Benefits to Business that Want to Go Green


Gaylord boxes are used for organizing and shipping different products such as rags, vegetables, scrap materials, and resin among others. Gaylord boxes are crafted with several layers of cardboard. This design makes them a practical choice for those who need stackable storage that will be used in warehouses or inside container vans.
While you can buy new Gaylord boxes for sale, there are several benefits for businesses and entrepreneurs when you buy second hand boxes.

Cost Effective

Used Gaylord boxes for sale are cheaper than newly manufactured ones. Since the boxes are designed for toughness, second hand boxes are still very reliable storage solution. One can acquire used boxes by asking stores in the community or by doing a bit of search online.

Eco-friendly

Recycling boxes makes Mother Earth smile. Imagine if a business needs hundreds or thousands of Gaylord boxes, you will be saving your city tons of boxes in the landfill. Being green also attracts more consumers today as people are now very much conscious about the environment.

Sturdy Storage

Because of the design of Gaylord boxes, even used ones can last for quite some time. The important thing to remember is to handle the boxes with care and keep them in a dry place. You do not have to worry about getting old, worn out boxes when buying used boxes since studies have shown that used Gaylord boxes for sale may still last as long as new boxes.
When buying used Gaylord boxes for your business, you need to remember several things. You may want to ask if the supplier requires a minimum order. The supplier must have enough volume to meet your demands especially during seasons when you need more storage. Buyers should also check if quality controls are in place to make sure you will get good quality Gaylord boxes even when they are already used boxes.

Why Buying Used Gaylords Boxes is a Great Alternative to New

Gaylords boxes are the perfect solution for holding resin, scrap pieces, rags and a variety of other materials. They are made of multiple layers of cardboard, making them a sturdy solution for transporting your products. They are easily stackable, which is great for storage, as they do not take up much room. Many Gaylords can hold up to 1800lbs, making it an excellent option for transporting and storing goods. If you’re looking to save a bit of money when buying Gaylords, consider buying them used. Often times you can get them at a great price from a company that has an abundance that they need to get rid of.
There are many benefits to buying Gaylord boxes used. One of the top reasons is that used is much less expensive than buying new boxes. Because they are so sturdy and built to last, used boxes are usually just as high quality as brand new. You can find used Gaylords by doing a bit of searching on container exchange websites or asking your local retail stores if they have any to get rid of. Many Gaylords are double-walled and come with pre-cut handles making them a great choice for transporting your items.gaylords
Another benefit to buying Gaylords used is that it is much more environmentally friendly than always buying your boxes new. You’ll be keeping a ton of cardboard out of the landfill by purchasing used Gaylord boxes that have years of life left in them. This is a great way to make the move to being more environmentally friendly. In fact – many people will choose an environmentally conscious business over one who isn’t. It’s an excellent way to do your part and make a small impact on the amount of waste that ends up in the landfill.
Used Gaylords
Finally, it’s important to note that used Gaylords can last just as long as those you buy brand new. As long as they are well taken care of and stored properly in a dry place, they should last you a while. Don’t think that because you’re buying used you are getting an old box that is falling a part. Chances are, you’ll get as much use out of it as you would with a new box.
There are several websites, like Container Exchange, that will allow you to purchase Gaylord boxes at a great price. You can visit their page to see what they currently have available. If they don’t have what you’re looking for, you are free to post a wanted ad so that dealers can get in touch when they have Gaylords available.
If you have a mass amount of Gaylord boxes sitting in your warehouse not being used, you can also use this website to sell your boxes. They make it easy to broker your boxes out to other companies who are looking for them. This is another way to recoup some of your shipping costs and to recycle boxes that you are no longer using, which clears up space in your inventory.
Remember, Container Exchanger services all of your needs for used gaylords, visit our Gaylord Boxes category to see what’s available now!
 

Bulk Storage Bins

Container Exchanger specializes in used metal and plastic bulk storage bins. We are experienced in selling and distributing bulk storage bins throughout the nation. We are a container supplier selling these collapsible bulk containers or rigid bulk containers to large and small companies throughout North America. Our bulk containers can take many different forms. We generally handle three types of bulk storage bins. Each type is made of a different material. We have inventories on Plastic bulk storage bins, Metal bulk storage bins, and Cardboard bulk storage bins.

Metal Bulk Storage Bins

Rigid Wire BasketThe metal version of the bulk container can be collapsible, but most often, they are rigid. We have a very nice inventory of the metal bulk containers throughout the nation, but most of the containers tend to be located in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Ontario. Metal bins are a nice and heavy duty way to handle parts within a manufacturing environment.
Rigid metal bulk bins are especially suited to any kind of metal working plant, such as metal stamping, forging, casting, etc. The rigid metal bulk containers are often suited to handle 4,000 lbs or more and can be stacked several bins high. When purcasing rigid metal containers, you may want to pay attention to the thickness of the wire mesh sides as a good indication to the capabilities of the container. We can help you find any metal bins for your manufacturing or distribution system. If you are trying to purchase additional metal containers to complement your current inventory of containers, you will need to provide us with a precise size of the container (length, width, and height). You will also need to note the mating mechanism for the metal storage bin. Pictures are most helpful in this situation, so that we can ensure that the new metal bins will be stack compatible with you existing bins.
Collapsible metal storage bins by comparison tend to be lighter duty than the rigid metal storage bins. Collapsible bins tend to be weight rated between 1,500 and 4,000 lbs. The collapsible metal bins are a nice option for a small metal shipping bin. They work well in this situation, because the sides of the container can be collapsed, thereby reducing the size of an empty container. The collapsed storage bin can be stacked in a corner of the warehouse, or they can loaded onto a trailer for return shipment to your plant.
We can find just about any bin. Follow this link to see a nice representation of our metal storage bins.

Plastic Bulk Storage Bins

The plastic version of bulk containers are almost always collapsible. Here at Container Exchanger, we call these items “Pallet Containers”. These collapsible plastic bulk containers are made from a rigid structrual foam material that is extermely strong and durable. These collapsible containers are suitable for many manufacturing applications, such as part storage a part transport. The weight capacity on collapsible plastic storage bins varies, but generally, the capacity ranges from 1,500 lbs to 2,500 lbs.Pallet Container
Collapsible bulk containers also have several size options and feature options. The sizes can be any of the following footprints:

  • 30″x32″ Collapsible Bulk Bins, available in 18″, 25″, 30″, 34″, and 39″ heights
  • 40″x48″ Collapsible Bulk Bins, available in 16″, 25″, 30″, 34″, 39″, 42″, 48″, and 50″ heights
  • 45″x48″ Collapsible Bulk Bins, available in 25″, 29″, 33″, 34″, 39″, 42″, 48″, and 50″ heights
  • 56″x48″ Collapsible Bulk Bins, available in 19″, 25″, 34″, and 42″ heights
  • 64″x48″ Collapsible Bulk Bins, available in 19″, 25″, 34″, 42″, and 50″ heights
  • 70″x48″ Collapsible Bulk Bins, available in 19″, 25″, 34″, 41″, and 50″ heights
  • 78″x48″ Collapsible Bulk Bins, available in 25″ and 34″ heights

The other primary options with plastic bulk storage bins is the color and the number of drop doors, or access panels. The access panels provide a way to access product that may be in the bottom of the bin without an operator leaning over the sidewall of the container.
Some bins are more common than other bins. Follow this link to see a nice representation of our plastic bulk storage bins.
Some of the most popular footprint sizes are available here:

Here are some helpful files to see dimensions, weights, and capacities on Plastic Bulk Bins:
Ropak 2005 Catalog
Buckhorn Bulk Box Catalog
Schoeller Arca 45″x48″ Info Sheet

Cardboard Bulk Storage Bins

Gaylord BoxCardboard bulk storage bins are generally referred to as Gaylord Boxes or Cratons. Most bulk cardboard boxes come from plastic injection molders, where the boxes once held raw plastic resins. Other boxes can come from storing food products, such as watermelons or lettuce. Clearly, due to the different uses for large cardboard boxes, there are many different styles, thicknesses, and weight capacities. No matter what your requirements are, purchasing used gaylord boxes can be challening. There is often more demand than supply, and significant quantities are going to be the minimum purchase amounts.
Sizes of bulk carboard boxes can vary significantly, but many boxes are sized for either 40″x48″ pallets or 45″x45″ pallets. Thickness of the boxes can range from 2 layers of cardboard all the way up to 5 layers of cardboard. The number of wall layers is a pretty good indication of the overall strength of the box, where the more layers of cardboard indicate a stronger box. However, this is not always the case, as some bulk cardboard boxes have thicker individual layers than other boxes. Some boxes are rated for a particular capacity, so it is often recommended that you inquire about this feature before purchasing a box.
Here are some things to think about before purchasing a load of used gaylord boxes:

  • How much will the product within the gaylord weigh when it is fully loaded?
  • What size of pallets do you use primarily?
  • Are you planning on stacking the gaylords?
  • Is the product in the gaylord static or dynamic (dynamic loads require stronger sidewalls)?
  • Do you need full bottoms for the boxes?
  • Do you need top flaps for the boxes?
  • Do you need lids for the boxes?

Follow this link to see a representation of our used gaylord bins.

Collapsible Container

Container Exchanger specializes in used metal and plastic collapsible containers. We are experienced in selling and distributing bulk collapsible bins throughout the nation. We are a container supplier selling these collapsible bulk containers or rigid bulk containers to large and small companies throughout North America. Our collapsible containers can take many different forms. We generally handle three types of bulk storage bins. Each type is made of a different material. We have inventories on Plastic bulk containers, Metal bulk containers, and Cardboard bulk containers.


Plastic Collapsible Container

Metal Collapsible Container

Cardboard Collapsible Container

Plastic Bulk Containers

The plastic version of bulk containers are usually collapsible. Here at Container Exchanger, we call these items “Pallet Containers”. These collapsible plastic bulk containers are made from a rigid structural foam material that is extremely strong and durable. These collapsible containers are suitable for many manufacturing applications, such as part storage or part transport. The weight capacity on collapsible plastic storage bins varies, but generally, the capacity ranges from 1,500 lbs to 2,500 lbs.
Collapsible bulk containers also have several size options and feature options. The sizes can be any of the following footprints:

  • 30″x32″ Collapsible Containers, available in 18″, 25″, 30″, 34″, and 39″ heights
  • 40″x48″ Collapsible Containers, available in 16″, 25″, 30″, 34″, 39″, 42″, 48″, and 50″ heights
  • 45″x48″ Collapsible Containers, available in 25″, 29″, 33″, 34″, 39″, 42″, 48″, and 50″ heights
  • 56″x48″ Collapsible Containers, available in 19″, 25″, 34″, and 42″ heights
  • 64″x48″ Collapsible Containers, available in 19″, 25″, 34″, 42″, and 50″ heights
  • 70″x48″ Collapsible Containers, available in 19″, 25″, 34″, 41″, and 50″ heights
  • 78″x48″ Collapsible Containers, available in 25″ and 34″ heights

The other primary options with plastic bulk storage bins is the color and the number of drop doors, or access panels. The access panels provide a way to access product that may be in the bottom of the bin without an operator leaning over the sidewall of the container.
Some bins are more common than other bins. Follow this link to see a nice representation of our plastic collapsible containers. From a compatibility standpoint, many of these containers from different manufacturers are actually stack compatible with each other. That is, Ropak, Xytec, and Buckhorns usually stack together, assuming that they are of the same footprint size.
Here are some helpful files to see dimensions, weights, and capacities on Plastic Containers:
Ropak 2005 Catalog
Buckhorn Bulk Box Catalog
Schoeller Arca 45″x48″ Info Sheet

Metal Bulk Containers

The metal version of the bulk container can be collapsible, but most often, they are rigid. We have a very nice inventory of the metal bulk containers throughout the nation, but most of the containers tend to be located in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Ontario. Metal bins are a nice and heavy duty way to handle parts within a manufacturing environment.
Collapsible metal containers tend to be lighter duty than the rigid metal storage bins. Collapsible bins tend to be weight rated between 1,500 and 4,000 lbs. The collapsible metal bins are a nice option for a small metal shipping bin. They work well in this situation, because the sides of the container can be collapsed, thereby reducing the size of an empty container. The collapsed storage bin can be stacked in a corner of the warehouse, or they can loaded onto a trailer for return shipment to your plant.
We can find just about any bin. Follow this link to see a nice representation of our metal collapsible containers.

Cardboard Bulk Containers

Cardboard bulk containers are generally referred to as Gaylord Boxes or Cratons. Most bulk cardboard boxes come from plastic injection molders, where the boxes once held raw plastic resins. Other boxes can come from storing food products, such as watermelons or lettuce. Clearly, due to the different uses for large cardboard boxes, there are many different styles, thicknesses, and weight capacities. No matter what your requirements are, purchasing used gaylord boxes can be challenging. There is often more demand than supply, and significant quantities are going to be the minimum purchase amounts.
These bulk containers are not necessarily collapsible in a traditional sense, especially when they are compared to the metal and plastic collapsibles. However, they could be considered collapsible in that they are folded down flat for transport. Some businesses use these boxes over and over again, but the useful life of a cardboard collapsible container if probably about 5 uses.
Sizes of bulk cardboard boxes can vary significantly, but many boxes are sized for either 40″x48″ pallets or 45″x45″ pallets. Thickness of the boxes can range from 2 layers of cardboard all the way up to 5 layers of cardboard. The number of wall layers is a pretty good indication of the overall strength of the box, where the more layers of cardboard indicate a stronger box. However, this is not always the case, as some bulk cardboard boxes have thicker individual layers than other boxes. Some boxes are rated for a particular capacity, so it is often recommended that you inquire about this feature before purchasing a box.
Here are some things to think about before purchasing a load of used gaylord boxes:

  • How much will the product within the gaylord weigh when it is fully loaded?
  • What size of pallets do you use primarily?
  • Are you planning on stacking the gaylords?
  • Is the product in the gaylord static or dynamic (dynamic loads require stronger sidewalls)?
  • Do you need full bottoms for the boxes?
  • Do you need top flaps for the boxes?
  • Do you need lids for the boxes?

Follow this link to see a representation of our used gaylord containers.

Used Bulk Containers

Container Exchanger specializes in used metal and plastic bulk containers. We sell and distribute bulk bins throughout the nation. We supply collapsible bulk containers and rigid bulk containers to large and small companies throughout North America. Our bulk containers can take many different forms. We generally handle three types of bulk storage bins. Each type is made of a different material. We have inventories on Plastic bulk containers, Metal bulk containers, and Cardboard bulk containers.

Collapsible Bulk Containers
Plastic Bulk Containers
Rigid Bulk Containers
Rigid Plastic Containers

Metal Tubs
Metal Tubs

Metal Bulk Containers
Wire Baskets

Cardboard Bulk Containers

Cardboard bulk Containers

(Gaylord Boxes)

 

Plastic Bulk Containers

The plastic version of bulk containers are usually collapsible. Here at Container Exchanger, we call them “Pallet Containers”. You can browse through our selection of used plastic bulk containers in our Pallet Containers section. They are made from a rigid structural foam material that is extremely strong and durable. This style of bulk container is well suited for many manufacturing applications, such as part storage or part transport. The weight capacity on bulk plastic containers varies, but generally, the capacity ranges from 1,500 lbs to 2,500 lbs.
Bulk containers also have several size options and feature options. The sizes can be any of the following footprints:

  • 3230: 30″x32″ Bulk Containers, available in 18″, 25″, 30″, 34″, and 39″ heights
  • 4048: 40″x48″ Bulk Containers, available in 16″, 25″, 30″, 34″, 39″, 42″, 48″, and 50″ heights
  • 4548: 45″x48″ Bulk Containers, available in 25″, 29″, 33″, 34″, 39″, 42″, 48″, and 50″ heights
  • 5648: 56″x48″ Bulk Containers, available in 19″, 25″, 34″, and 42″ heights
  • 6448: 64″x48″ Bulk Containers, available in 19″, 25″, 34″, 42″, and 50″ heights
  • 7048: 70″x48″ Bulk Containers, available in 19″, 25″, 34″, 41″, and 50″ heights
  • 7848: 78″x48″ Bulk Containers, available in 25″ and 34″ heights
  • Fixed Wall: Plastic bulk containers in varying sizes that are not collapsible

The other primary options with plastic bulk storage bins is the color and the number of drop doors, or access panels. Drop doors provide a way to access product that may be in the bottom of the bin without an operator leaning over the sidewall of the container. This ergonomic feature is present on virtually all containers. The only time you don’t want drop doors is if you are storing loose, bulk materials in the bins and the product is creating excessive sidewall pressure.
Some containers are more common than other containers. Follow this link to see a full list of our used bulk containers. We may have different or more containers available, so don’t hesitate to contact us with specific requests! From a compatibility standpoint, many of these containers from different manufacturers are actually stack compatible with each other. That is, Ropak, Xytec, and Buckhorns usually stack together, assuming that they are of the same footprint size.
 

Metal Bulk Containers

The metal version of the bulk container can be collapsible, but most often, they are rigid. We have a very nice inventory of metal bulk containers throughout the nation, but most of the containers tend to be located in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Ontario. Metal bins are a nice and heavy duty way to handle parts within a manufacturing environment.
Metal bulk containers that are collapsible tend to be lighter duty than the rigid metal storage bins. bulk bins tend to be weight rated between 1,500 and 4,000 lbs. The bulk metal bins are a nice option for a small metal shipping bin. They work well in this situation, because the sides of the container can be collapsed, thereby reducing the size of an empty container. The collapsed storage bin can be stacked in a corner of the warehouse, or they can loaded onto a trailer for return shipment to your plant.
Wire bulk containers are another version of the metal bulk container. These bins are made from wire mesh, as opposed to steel tubing and steel sheeting, as is often found.in the solid metal containers. Wire bulk containers often have less carrying capacity, as they are a lighter-duty and made from light-duty materials, such as 1/4″ or 3/8″ wire mesh. These bins do, however almost always lighter in weight and they are collapsible, which makes them much more economical from a shipping standpoint.
We can find just about any bin. Follow this link to see a nice representation of our used metal bulk bins or our used wire baskets. This list is not always complete, please contact us with any specific request that you may have!
 

Cardboard Bulk Containers

Cardboard bulk containers are generally referred to as Gaylord Boxes. Most bulk cardboard boxes come from plastic injection molders, where the boxes once held raw plastic resins. Other boxes can come from storing food products, such as watermelons or lettuce. Clearly, due to the different uses for large cardboard boxes, there are many different styles, thicknesses, and weight capacities. No matter what your requirements are, purchasing used gaylord boxes can be challenging. There is often more demand than supply, and significant quantities are going to be the minimum purchase amounts.
These bulk containers are not necessarily bulk in a traditional sense, especially when they are compared to the metal and plastic bulks. However, they could be considered bulk in that they are folded down flat for transport. Some businesses use these boxes over and over again, but the useful life of a cardboard bulk container is probably about 5 uses.
Sizes of bulk cardboard boxes can vary significantly, but many boxes are sized for either 40″x48″ pallets or 45″x45″ pallets. Thickness of the boxes can range from 2 layers of cardboard all the way up to 5 layers of cardboard. The number of wall layers is a pretty good indication of the overall strength of the box, where the more layers of cardboard indicate a stronger box. However, this is not always the case, as some bulk cardboard boxes have thicker individual layers than other boxes. Some boxes are rated for a particular capacity, so it is often recommended that you inquire about this feature before purchasing a box.
Here are some things to think about before purchasing a load of used gaylord boxes:

  • How much will the product within the gaylord weigh when it is fully loaded?
  • What size of pallets do you use primarily?
  • Are you planning on stacking the gaylords?
  • Is the product in the gaylord static or dynamic (dynamic loads require stronger sidewalls)?
  • Do you need full bottoms for the boxes?
  • Do you need top flaps for the boxes?
  • Do you need lids for the boxes?

Follow this link to see a representation of our used gaylords.

Returnable Packaging – The Next Phase of Lean – Automation.com

As industrial automation continues down its lean manufacturing journey, the area of packaging waste has taken center stage. The way to reduce this packaging waste is returnable packaging. The EarthWorks Group estimates that 30% of landfill waste is created by plastic and paper packaging. The use of cardboard products and other one-time-use packaging products contribute significantly to this waste.
David Madden is President of ContainerExchanger.com, an online marketplace that offers manufacturing and distribution businesses an outlet for procuring or selling used returnable packaging. According to Madden, “Product offerings include many standard and common reusable packaging solutions, including but not limited to plastic totes, plastic collapsible bulk boxes, metal containers, wire baskets, and plastic pallets. As a component in continued process improvement returnable packaging empowers companies to reduce packaging acquisition costs through access to used returnable packaging inventories and enabled companies to maximize return during disposal of used packaging fleets.”
Folding bulk containers, industrial totes, and metal storage bins are used over and over again within a facility or between a supplier and a customer. They can be used literally thousands of times. These bulk boxes are much cheaper in the long term when compared to buying cardboard boxes and wood crates every time that product is shipped. Savings can be observed in the per piece packaging cost. While the upfront investment in returnable packaging may cost more, savings can be realized quickly through repeated use (the same bulk containers, metal bins, and totes are used over and over), labor (no more box assembly), material handling (fewer moves from stackable containers), quality (fewer rejects due to damaged packaging), and floor space (plastic and metal containers can stack very high). The per piece packaging costs for used bulk containers and totes can be as low as 5% of the costs for a comparable expendable solution, depending on shipping volumes.
Plastic Pallets:
Plastic pallets come in a couple of varieties. For the most part, they are made from structural foam, but there are also thermoform pallets available. The structural foam pallets are more rigid and durable than the thermoform version. Usually, the more rigid plastic pallets are paired with an HDPE (high-density polyethylene) plastic returnable tote in order to create a plastic container pallet . This pairing works well, because structural foam plastic pallets typically have a shorter lip around the edge of the pallet, and the totes fit perfectly within the lip. To finish off the combination, a pallet cover is used to make the plastic container pallets stackable on each other. By comparison, when using plastic corrugated (typically a custom made tote), the thermoform pallet is a better choice, because it uses a much higher lip height. The higher lip height on the thermoform pallet catches tote edges easily.
Plastic pallets can also be used as export pallets . Due to export pallet requirements, any wood pallets must be heat treated; alternatively plastic pallets circumvent these requirements. Used plastic pallets for export purposes make a lot of sense from a cost perspective, given that export pallets will rarely be returned to the company.
Madden noted that, &quotContainer Exchanger specializes in saving money by providing access to used pallets from Stratis, Rhrig, Hampel, Orbis, Linpac, and others. Most of the companies that buy our pallets also discover that they have used plastic totes or bins that they can sell as well. We broker any used returnable packaging and sell these containers throughout the nation to maximize ROI (return on investment) for our clients.”
Fortune 500 businesses, particularly automotive Tier 1 manufacturing suppliers, consumer product manufacturers, scrap steel businesses, and distribution and freight companies, are utilizing returnable packaging services as the next phase in a lean manufacturing initiative. Having maximized many of the plant floor operations, it is precisely this type of creative packaging purchase that empowers independent used equipment dealers, used equipment liquidators, and industrial end-users to eliminate another significant element of waste in their business model. Increasingly companies will convert entire operations to returnable containers as part of a company’s lean manufacturing methods. Improving packaging, transportation, and line-side presentation of containers are becoming the specific goals of the returnable packaging methodology. “Such a program will axiomatically benefit the environment by virtually eliminating waste from expendable packaging, while improving the bottom-line.
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When you’re ready to move on to the next phase of lean manufacturing, get in touch with Container Exchanger to find out how the right packaging choice can be used to optimize lean on your production floor.
 

Choose the Right Gaylord Box for your application

This video details the features and specifications when choosing a Used Gaylord Box for your application.
If you’re wondering how to choose the right gaylord box for your application, view this video to get some insight into the matter.
 
Container Exchanger buys and sell Used Gaylord Boxes throughout North America, please visit our section to view Gaylord Boxes available now.
 

Reducing Landfill Waste with Returnable Packaging

In today’s increasingly globalized and fiercely competitive world, the ultimate goal of businesses in all sectors is to maximize profits while reducing expenses in manufacturing and shipping their products. However, in recent years, an increasing number of enterprises in the United States have become aware of their corporate responsibilities in acting as models for environmental protection and energy conservation. They have recognized and are now actively promoting the benefits of using returnable packaging.
Returnable packaging, utilizing materials such as metal, high-quality woods and plastic, can be reused repeatedly. These durable materials enable returnable packaging to last many years, so that it is not uncommon for one returnable container to replace up to 50 expendable packages. By avoiding the use of expendable packaging, businesses are able to save a considerable amount of money on purchasing new packages and disposing of old ones.
In the United States, most expendable packages, such as corrugated boxes, paper and disposable wooden pallets, end up in the landfills. According to statistics provided by the Clean Air Council, a Philadelphia-based non-profit environmental organization, almost one third of the waste generated in this country is packaging. Although American businesses use approximately 21 million tons of paper each year, only one-tenth of all solid waste in the nation gets recycled.
Worse, according to WorldChanging, American businesses send hundreds of millions of wooden pallets into landfills each year, spending approximately one billion dollars in the process. If reports by this Seattle-based non-profit media organization are accurate, then about 40 percent of all hardwood harvested in the United States is for pallets, about two-thirds of which are used only once before disposal. Up to 25 percent of all wood in landfills is from used pallets.
Much of this waste of paper and wood can be avoided if returnable packaging is used. Because a package reused is one less package that will end up in the landfills, the general cost, time and manpower required for packaging material disposal can be greatly reduced. Using high-quality wooden returnable packaging further reduces impact on the environment, as it is highly sustainable. Businesses are able to reap the benefits of promoting their policies to protect and preserve the environment.
Finally, although initial costs for switching to returnable packaging can be significant, the savings businesses are able to generate over time is more than sufficient to justify the expenses. Industry experts such as Container Exchanger have proved that pay-off time for investments on returnable packaging is generally less than one year. This means that companies large and small can easily rationalize their capital expense and receive a relatively short return-on-investment.
Enterprises of all sectors and sizes are urged to use returnable packaging, not only to reduce their operational costs and create savings in time and labor, but also to act as industry leaders in protecting the environment. Professional dealers such as Container Exchanger can help businesses analyze their manufacturing and shipping processes and select the kind of returnable packaging that best suits their needs.
If you’re ready to start reducing landfill waste by putting resuable packaging to work in your business, contact Container Exchanger, the only marketplace you’ll need for recycling and repurposing containers, baskets, bins, totes, and pallets.
 

Reusable Container Online Marketplace – Material Handling Management

ContainerExchanger.com is an online marketplace that helps manufacturing and distribution businesses buy or sell used reusable packaging. Offerings include bulk containers, metal storage bins, plastic industrial totes, plastic pallets, used gaylord boxes, plastic collapsible bulk boxes, metal containers and wire baskets.
Launched in 2005 and based in Atlanta, ContainerExchanger.com helps companies reduce packaging acquisition costs and maximize return during disposal of used packaging.
As David Madden, president, puts it, “Sellers use the site to create profit from reusable packaging. Buyers use the site to save money on reusable packaging.” Madden calls the Web site an “eBay” for reusable containers. It helps sellers of used bulk packaging find buyers and vice versa.
In May, he launched a sister site: RackExchanger.com , to serve as an online marketplace for industrial racks and shelving. The new site connects buyers and sellers of used pallet racking and cantilever, stack, push-back, drive-in, flow, bulk and pallet flow rack.
For more information, visit www.containerexchanger.com or www.rackexchanger.com .
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