One of my favorite things to do is tap into the waste stream and find new and reuses for many items that are left to be picked up and taken to the landfill (pollution is an unused resource). One of the most popular items that people are finding uses for these days is old pallets. Compost bins, pallet Gardens, etc. If you plan to use the pallets around food or people, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Not all, but some pallets are used for the shipment of toxic substances and others are chemically treated. Even brand new pallets can be treated, making them inappropriate for use around people or food. There is often really no sure fire way of determining what the pallet was used to ship. So here are a few pointers to help keep you safe when using pallet wood for your next project.
Mark is a Knoxville, TN based Permaculturist. This is a collection of thoughts, trials & tribulations, successes & failures and everything related to the design and installation of the 1 Acre family homestead as well as ongoing community projects.