At one time about 20% of the trees cut in the US went into pallets and shipping containers. Many were one-way pallets that went to the landfill after a single use. Times and attitudes have changed. Landfills are fewer, more selective and more expensive. People recognize that preserving trees benefits the ecology of the planet. Recyclable plastic pallets are the perfect alternative. Their long lives keep wood pallets out of landfills and when they need replacement, they can be ground and molded into new plastic products. In addition, some pallets can be made from recycled plastic, preserving even more landfill space.