A Recycling Perspective of Dry Wood Waste

Dry wood waste refers to waste from trees that is still considered recyclable.  The forest industry has the unique opportunity to use its waste for further energy needs.  In fact, from just the available residue from trees, there is enough power to produce a surplus of heat and electricity for a number of other industries.


Unfortunately, some mills still think of dry wood waste as an annoying byproduct fit for disposal…

They may decide to use it as landfill or simply burn it.  However, this is not environmentally friendly.  Thus mill owners are being encourage to consider this alternative energy source.

Everything from slightly damp (but not soaked) wood to brittle wood to warped boards can be disposed of and recycled.  In fact, dry wood waste can be used for more than just energy production.  It can also be reused for covering building supplies, boats and wood piles.  It can also be repackaged as re-useable lumber.

Forms of acceptable dry wood waste acceptable for recycling include…

Crates, pallets, hard or softwood lumber, scraps, shavings and sawdust.  Unacceptable wood waste might include treated lumber, wafer boards, painted wood, rotten wood, plywood or wet wood with over 15% moisture.  Whether you want to go the route of transforming dry wood waste into refuse derived fuel or as a wood alternative you are certainly taking a step forward in the green revolution.

Consider the benefits of re-using wood, which are hard to dismiss…

Recycling dry wood waste could bring about benefits in the area of superior usability (it shrinks or swells based on moisture), lower shipping costs (it weighs less), greater resistance against insect damage, superior strength, better hold with nails and glue, superior insulation and better preservation—even with finishes.

Why not think about using green-friendly dry wood waste?  It’s better for you and much better for the earth’s resources!