Why Recycle Wood - One of the most valuable recyclable materials?

Posted on: Apr 22, 2016 - 08:00 AM | General
Author: Darrin Martin

why recycle wood? Woodpile - CC Image courtesy of spDuchamp on Flickr

Wood is an extremely precious and finite resource that must be protected. It is also one of the most valuable recyclable materials because it can be transformed into a wide variety of secondary products such as mulch, wood pellets, compost additive, soil conditioner, animal bedding and feedstock for engineered woods.

Beyond the many products that can be made from recycled wood there are additional, important reasons to recycle wood.


Why Recycle Wood? Landfill Landfill - CC Image courtesy of andyarthur on Flickr


Reduce Environmental Impact


First, and most important, we have to save our trees! Our beautiful trees give us shade and oxygen. Even after replanting, trees take many, many years to reach maturity so the less we cut down in the first place, the better. The more trees left standing, the more carbon dioxide they can pull from the atmosphere.


When we recycle, we send less trash to landfills. Each year Americans produce enough trash to cover the state of Texas...twice! Less material in landfills means reduced air and water pollution.


Construction and demolition materials comprise an estimated 25-30% of the trash that goes into landfills annually. And wood waste accounts for 40-50% of that construction waste stream .


Why recycle wood? Construction and demolition Construction & Demolition - CC Image courtesy of Cargo Cult on Flickr

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Recycling Means Business


Nearly 16 million tons of wood is thrown out each year. Only 14% is reclaimed. But many states have set goals to increase their recycling rates to 75%.


More recycling means more processing facilities and more jobs! It has been estimated that recycling, re-use, and composting create six to ten times as many jobs as waste incineration and landfills.


Money Savings


Recycling reduces energy costs. According to the EPA, When we make new products out of virgin materials, we expend energy to extract and process those materials. This includes burning fossil fuels. However, if we manufacture products using recycled materials, we reduce the need for virgin materials and save the energy required to extract and process them.
Recycling costs less than landfill disposal—even when factoring in the costs of machinery operation, transportation, labor and tipping fees.


Why recycle wood? Compost Compost - CC Image courtesy of Joi on Flickr


New Opportunities


Recycling is one of the hot spots of the green revolution. 41% of consumers prefer to buy from companies they perceive as “sustainable”. This changing customer demand has led many businesses to incorporate “green” business practices to achieve a competitive advantage. This includes not only restaurants and retail grocery chains like Whole Foods market, but organic composting companies, too.


Another rapidly expanding avenue of opportunity is the growing market for renewable power in the form of biomass energy. The sources for biomass feedstock include: industrial wood waste such as wood scraps and sawdust from target manufacturers, pallet recyclers, lumber yards; forest harvest and primary forest products, industry wood residues, and urban tree waste; and Municipal solid waste wood, including wood wastes disposed or recovered from the municipal solid waste (MSW) stream such as construction/demolition debris.


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To learn more about the wood waste recycling industry and ways to address future “green” market trends contact one of our Equipment Specialists at Apollo Equipment.net. You can visit us on line www.ApolloEquipment.net or call 800-982-2844.