Recycling Wood

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If Every year, the United States produces more than 50 million tons of waste wood, the equivalent of about 121 million trees per year! Ninety percent of this waste wood is destined for the landfill, with severe consequences in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and loss of natural resources. 

To recycle this wood would “save” about 333,000 trees every day a company isn't recycling its wood waste, it is literally throwing money into a landfill. Wood waste, or "secondary wood fiber," as is perhaps more appropriate, is a major component of the Forest Products Industries, Construction and Demolition waste as well as the Municipal Solid waste streams. There are a variety of end uses for secondary wood fiber and can be a valuable commodity.

Secondary wood wastes have many markets ranging from bio fuel use to pulp and paper applications, though the most profitable must meet strict industry specifications. Meeting these specifications is easy with the proper equipment and operation procedures. All recovered wood can have value, though some types are more valuable than others.

Recovered Wood Types

Clean Wood

  • Mill Residuals (Sawmill shavings, Re-man residuals)
  • Forestry Residuals (Agricultural Wood)
  • Urban Wood (Pallets & Crates, Lumber, Engineered Wood, Sorted Demolition Wood)
  • Land Clearing Wood (Brush & Branches)

Mixed Wood Waste

  • Demolition Wood Waste (Roofing & Siding)
  • Commingled Demolition Wood Waste
  • Treated Wood Waste

 

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