Resource Central, a conservation-focused nonprofit based in Boulder, has launched a pallet upcycling competition calling on community members to transform wood pallets for creative new uses.

Each year an estimated 2 billion wood pallets pile up across the United States. While many are reused, hundreds of millions of pallets are manufactured from forests each year, taking a toll on trees and landfills, according to a news release from Resource Central.

In an attempt to raise awareness about the wasteful practice, Resource Central is calling for adventurous DIYers to show off their ingenuity by transforming wood pallets into new uses such as furniture, art, or for outdoor uses, and send in a photo of their projects.

The most creative entries will receive public recognition plus a $50 gift certificate to the nonprofit’s reclaimed building materials facility at 6400 Arapahoe Ave.

“Reusable pallets shouldn’t end up in the landfill,” Brandon Hill, who leads Resource Central’s materials reuse program, said in the release. “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 Aug. 2. Participants can pick up three free pallets at at Resource Central, 6400 Arapahoe Ave. in Boulder. Learn more at

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