Pallet Upcycling Contest Encourages Community Creativity

Local nonprofit Resource Central is calling DIYers to show off their skill

BOULDER – June 20, 2019 — What happens to wood pallets once their moving days are over? Resource Central, a conservation-focused nonprofit based in Boulder, has launched a Pallet Upcycling competition and is calling on local community members to transform wood pallets into creative new uses.  

The nonprofit is raising awareness about a lumbering problem about what to do with the estimated 2 billion wood pallets that are piling up across the United States. While many of these mighty transporters are reused, hundreds of millions of pallets are manufactured from forests each year, taking a toll on trees and landfills.

Resource Central is calling for adventures DIYers to show off their ingenuity by transforming their wood pallets into new uses like furniture, art, perhaps for outdoor uses, and sending in a photo of their projects. The most creative entries will gain public recognition plus a $50 gift certificate to the nonprofit’s reclaimed building materials facility at 6400 Arapahoe.

“Reusable pallets shouldn’t end up in the landfill,” says Brandon Hill, who leads Resource Central’s materials reuse program. “There’s a lot of creativity here in Boulder County and pallet lumber has tremendous potential for reuse. This pallet upcycling competition is a fun way to get inspired by other community members.”

The upcycling competition runs through August 2, 2019. Both projects new and old are welcomed to enter. Participants can pick up three free pallets at: 6400 Arapahoe in east Boulder, where Resource Central diverts nearly 4 million pounds of building materials from landfills each year. Learn more about the competition at

About Resource Central:
Founded in 1976, Resource Central is an innovative nonprofit dedicated to putting conservation into action.  Its programs have helped nearly 500,000 families save water, reduce waste, and conserve energy. Learn more at

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