What is the bigger picture for the resources that we rescue from the waste stream? According to The Institute for Local Self-Reliance, "approximately 405 million pallets are produced in the United States each year. In fact, about 50% of the hardwood timber harvested in the United States each year goes into the manufacturing of new pallets. Not only are most pallets made from new wood, but they also are usually built to be used only a few times. Many pallets are designed to be discarded after a single use." ("Sustaining Businesses and Jobs through Pallet Repair and Reuse," 1997)

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