Hi, I am looking for free pallets. I live in Sydney Inner West (Strathfield South).
Hey, I was just wondering are the free pallets at Bunnings chemically treated?
Because I want to make wooden tomato cages for my garden.
Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @lynleywest. It's brilliant to have you join us, and many thanks for your question about pallet treatments.
Pallets come in a variety of treatments, from heat to chemicals. Typically the type of treatment is marked with a stamp on the pallet. However, you should also consider what has been transported on the pallets and that some pallets are not marked at all. As a rule of thumb, you should consider all pallets to have been treated with chemicals and only use them for purposes that would be suitable. Never use timber pallets on projects where the timber will come in contact with food. Serving platters or chopping boards are a big no-no.
If you find some pallets marked with an 'HT', then that denotes a heat treatment, which would be suitable for your tomato cages. Alternatively, I like to line pallets with plastic when using them for planters.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks for the prompt reply
I have been collecting pallets from these stores for years and because I visit these stores multiple times a week have got to know staff at each location.
Two stores since they were built, so I know the full history of these locations.
No one I know at these stores can tell me why their store is not leaving pallets outside, in fact no one even knew that they we not doing this anymore.
I walked out to the spot they were being left with a staff member and they were really shocked that it is 'abandoned' - their word not mine.
I have a trade pass from when my wife worked on 'Special Orders' desk at a Bunnings in ACT, so I know my way around Bunnings processes and I have left me details to have someone contact me and I'm still waiting.
I use the wood to build garden 'furniture' for low income / seniors as a volunteer, but I cannot afford to continue without the free timber.
Many of our locations are now having their pallets picked up and recycled. I'll speak to the store manager and have a look into this for you as we'd love for you to continue your excellent work.
You'll be pleased to know that Alex, the Store Manager at Bunnings Gawler, is more than happy to keep pallets aside for you. If you'd like to have a chat with him next time you are in-store, he'll be glad to discuss your needs.
Thanks for all you efforts, I and my community really appreciate you doing this
I have included a picture of a Hutch this is my most "popular product", I give them away to encourage people to put out their excess produce from their gardens and they can obviously sell the extra plants they do not want.
The timber is all palette wood from Bunnings, the customer just needs to purchase the breeze blocks $6 each from Bunnings and a letter box, we don't have letter boxes in this town.
I just wanted to mention that the 4xtimber legs are suspended in the blue stones so it will last a lot longer as concrete traps the moisture and there is no contact with the soil, this design allows the hutch to be removed from the foot path if the council send a letter says "cease and desist".
We actually have video of council works in council vehicles collecting lemons, so we could always put a good case for keeping council workers healthy
This is probably a strange question, but how do I contact Alex in store, I will be at Gawler Bunnings tomorrow PM, I don't want to waste his time, should I ask to speak to him on the in-store phone at trade desk ?
Your project looks impressive; well done! If you're partnered with a non-for-profit organisation, you might like to also speak with the store's Activity Organiser. They'd be able to see how we can further help with your great work.
You certainly won't be wasting Alex's time; he's very interested in meeting you and assisting with your needs. Ask to see him at either the Trade or Service Desk. You might catch him in the early PM; otherwise, you could call the store to make sure he's there before heading in or set up a time to meet.
I had a chat to Alex today and apparently these stores should have been using a contractor to remove the pallets daily from the day they opened.
So it is not possible to collect pallets from Bunnings.
Yes, we are aware that some Adelaide stores are currently having their pallets recycled by a contractor. If you ever need assistance with obtaining them, just let us know.
I'm starting to get really confused, I posted on 27th saying I cannot get pallets at 2xBunnings stores.
"need assistance with obtaining them"
I'm a volunteer at a community org. that seeks to support carers, so as I said to all Bunnings staff yesterday I'm not going to turn up with a trailer and take ever pallet I can get, I'm going to be very picky and I know from past experience I will only choose 1-2 pallets.
I'm happy to arrive and leave as per the window on the day that has been agreed in advance
The Bunnings contractor is saying they don't recycle, I called them this morning, so this resource is being wasted. They are paid to remove not recycle, their words not mine.
As I have said previously here, my wife worked for Bunnings and I know it is a big business.
What do I need to do to confirm I "need assistance" ?