Wooden crates, from construction to grave, are a more eco-friendly shipping option compared to other available materials. One of the greatest contributing factors to this is their ability to be recycled and reused.

Not only do wooden crates provide optimal support and protection for your products, and have a long life-span, but they also can continue to be used for other purposes once they are no longer suitable for shipping. If you are looking for ideas for how to get the best use out of your wooden crates, here are some tips for recycling and reusing your wooden crates.


A wooden crate is a long lasting shipping solution and can be utilized for shipping purposes for 3-5 years. The amount of years can be increased if there is special care taken. Avoiding moisture, and heat treating wood can be a great option to help preserve and protect the crates.

In order to get even more years out of your wooden crates, you can also send them to get refurbished, reconditioned, or repaired, which might be a cheaper option than buying new crates. Even when a wooden crate can no longer be used for shipping purposes, their lifespan is still not over.

Use for Storage

Wooden crates can be very useful for storing items and other products. When the crates are no longer suitable for shipping, they can become very useful for organization, especially in the workplace. If the crates are not currently in use, they can be easily broken down, stacked and stored on top of each other.

Send to a Used Crate Facility

You can also send your unwanted wooden products to a used crate facility, where they can turn these crates into other useful items and products both for the business or around the house. Though the wood might not be suitable for shipping products anymore, there are many useful purposes for your crate’s wood, and this can be a great way to extend their lifespan.


Once the wooden crates are no longer useful in the workplace, they can be easily broken down and brought to recycling facilities where they can either be disposed of or properly repaired for other purposes. There are many companies that take the hassle out of the process and can come pick up your unwanted wooden crates or pallets.