Pallets Special Instructions See Alternatives Take pallets to a wood recycler listed on this Resource List. Recycle Plastic Pallets Plastic pallets are highly recyclable and should be recycled with other hard plastic items. Alternative Ways to Recycle Give to Pallet Recycling Company Some companies, like CHEP, will recycle wood pallets, so they don’t end up in a landfill. Smart Way Recycling takes both wooden and plastic pallets. Did You Know? Plastic vs. Wood Pallets Plastic pallets are more eco-friendly than ones made from wood. Plastic pallets last much longer and are easily recycled, while wooden pallets need to be sent to the landfill if a specific recycler won’t take them. Wood pallets are also susceptible to chemical and bacterial contamination.