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Custom Recycling, Inc., is a wood pallet Recycler, Repairer, and Remanufacturer. We specialize in custom sizing of wooden pallets, remanufactured in our North Haven, CT, facility using Recycled Pallet lumber. We build "Combination" pallets with both new and used wood.

Custom Recycling, Inc. can also offer a wide range of new pallet sizes, because of our relationship with local wood mills.


The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has made mandatory the Heat-Treatment or fumigation of ALL wood packaging, including hardwood AND softwood skids, pallets, crates, boxes, dunnage, chocks, and the like. If an item is wood, and NOT manufactured wood (like plywood), it MUST be Heat-Treated or fumigated. This regulation was voted on and unanimously passed on March 15, 2002, according to Package Research Laboratory (PRL), our certifying agent. Chemical impregnation (pressure treating) will no longer be accepted as a method of Treatment of wood products, according to the article sent to us. A clause that would have required removal of all bark was deleted from the regulation.

15 Update (March 16, 2005)
Countries with implementation changes since last update (February 28, 2005) European Union (EU) The European Union began enforcement of ISPM-15 March 1, 2005. The E.U. deferred for a year their debarking and bark-free specifications (see dunnage exception below), but claim they will present technical justification for the additional requirements and begin enforcement March 2006. The E.U. has some variations that need to be clarified: Marking: Until December 31, 2007 the E.U. will accept all previously recognized marks for heat-treatment (HT, "no-bug" logo, and ISPM 15 mark). For fumigation, however, they will only accept the ISPM 15 mark; if you have wood packaging with the previous fumigation mark you must re-treat and re-mark. Dunnage: If dunnage is treated and marked it need not be bark-free. If dunnage is not marked it must be bark-free and devoid of pests and signs of live pests. If the E.U. implements debark and bark-free requirements in March 2006 as they plan, dunnage must comply with the same treatment, marking and debarking as all other wood packaging.
Summary information for countries that have begun implementation or announced plans to implement ISPM 15.

ISPM-15 Requirements

Compliance with ISPM-15 for wood packaging materials allows for two treatment options:
Heat-Treatment (HT): Wood packaging material should be heated in a schedule that achieves a minimum core temperature of 56°C for a minimum of 30 minutes. The American Lumber Standards Committee administers the U.S. certification program for heat-treatment.
Methyl Bromide (MB) Fumigation: The wood packaging material should be fumigated with methyl bromide. NWPCA has been tasked by the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to administer the fumigation program.
NOTE: ISPM 15 requirements apply to all species of coniferous (softwood) and non-coniferous (hardwood) packaging materials.

Bug Stamp fraud is rearing its ugly head. Check to see if your pallets carry the International Heat Treatment Mark. According to PRL, shippers should be aware that there are unscrupulous scoundrels that have counterfeited the Bug Stamp and are illegally certifying as treated without actually doing it. We, at Custom Recycling, Inc., advise you to request a copy of any Heat Treating documents when purchasing products that are said to be Treated. Custom Recycling, Inc., will, upon request, forward a sample certification document.


In addition, Custom Recycling, Inc., purchased a heat treating chamber for compliance with regulations for EXPORT to EUROPEAN UNION countries, as well as other nations that require treated wood packaging.

We are certified by ALSC and can assist in expediting your shipment overseas. We have the ability to treat pallets, skids, crates and boxes.

Remember, soon ALL wood packaging, hard wood or soft, will require treatment.

Heat treating is the preferred method for manufacturers who don't want the hazards of chemicals involved in fumigation. Heat treating is less expensive than kiln drying.