SHIPPING PALLETS Typical Dimensions: 48 in. x 40 in. is a common size, although pallets are available as small as 24 in. x 24 in. , 48 in. x 48 in. or larger. Estimated Cost: Free if borrowed or reclaimed from waste stream. The purchase price is approximately $1.70/ pallet. Overview: Shipping Pallets are wooden or plastic platforms that are relatively light, durable, and movable.
F Demo (1 day - 1 month) F Pilot (1 month - 1 year) Interim (1 - 5 years) Recommended Applications and Installation ɖCurb ɖ Extensions / Plazas / Activated Alleys: Use wood pallets to build street furniture such as benches, planters, bike parking, and more. May also be used to create gateway elements, public space barriers or parklets (see images to the right). Paint or stain the wood to enhance the visual appeal. Tips and Considerations »» Look for opportunities to borrow or use recycled pallets from warehouses and/or big-box stores that sell nontoxic hard goods, which will increase your chance of finding clean and sturdy pallets. »» For some projects you will want pallets of a uniform size, so bring your tape measure or be prepared to find multiple pallet sources to meet your needs. »» For safety purposes, look for pallets with a “HT” (Heat treated) stamp on the side, not “MB” (chemically treated with methyl bromide) Potential Sources »» Reclaim from industrial parks, construction sites, or big box businesses »» For ideas and project instructions try 1001Pallets.com or instructables.com
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Pallets are highly flexible and can be used in a variety of contexts beyond the project types highlighted in this guide. Above: Reclaimed pallets were used in Atlanta, GA to create bench seating and an edge barrier (reads “sweet”) for demonstration plaza (Street Plans). Pallets were used to create a quick stage for musical programming at a three-day plaza demonstration in Somerville, MA (Street Plans).
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