GRN Recycle Talk FAQ

Date: Wed Nov 12 1997 - 04:59:00 EST

Date: Wed, 12 Nov 97 09:59 WET
Subject: Re: Waste minimisation and recycling of wood (Martin)

Nov. 12, 1997

Dear Martin,

Since you did not specify any question about the reduction/recycling of wood, let me try to give you some general but up to date information as would help someone in the UK.

Some wood can be recycled and some can only be composted. That which can be recycled is:
brush and tree trimmings under 12 inches in diameter
tree residue over 12 inches in diameter such as logs
construction debris and lumber trimmings from manufacturing
demolition debris
preservative treated wood including telephone poles, railroad ties
engineered wood
saw dust, wood chips

Some of these materials have value principally as mulch or compost. Use as fuel, while obvious isn't recycling.

Some sources of information of use to you include:

- Wood waste recovery and processing by Christine T. Donovan in Resource Recycling, 3/91
- Evaluation of International Markets for Cellulose Recovered from Municipal Solid Wastes Reporet # M-92-2 by Institute for Recyclable Materials, College of Engineering, Louisiana State U., Baton Rouge, LA (1992)
- Best Practices in wood Recycling by the Clean Washington Center, June, 1997
- a series of publications by the US Dept of Agriculture, Forest Service including Recycling Research Progress at the Forest Products Laboratory General Report FPL-GTR-86 and Recycling Municipal Trees Report # NA-TP-02-94. This lab is located at 1 Gifford Pinchot Dr., Madison, WI 53705
- another good source of various marketing, processing, and directory information is the American Forest Paper Assn. Their technical publications catalog can be ordered from AF PA/AWC, 1111 19th St., NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036

The other relevant argument for recycling, just coming to light, is the degree (significnat) of greenhouse gas emissions the burning of wood creates. The keyword here is 'biomass incineration' but a great many research publications are appearing at websites and in conference paper abstracts alleging this.

-- Research Library for RCRA

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