Soilco is a horticulturally focussed business, designing products for the regeneration of soil. Our team has diverse technical skills and work together to achieve desired results for our business and clients.
As a pioneer in eco-friendly gardening, Soilco has worked with both industry and government, developing products that set benchmarks in terms of creating recycled organics that are free from pathogens and weeds, and blended in an economically viable way.
Timber waste recycling is the process of turning timber waste into new products and uses. Recycling timber waste became popular in response to issues such as deforestation and climate change prompted both timber suppliers and consumers to turn to a more sustainable timber source. Recycling timber waste is essentially the most environmentally friendly form of timber production and is very common in countries such as Australia and New Zealand where supplies of old wooden structures are plentiful. Timber waste can be chipped down into wood chips which can be used to power homes or power plants.
Timber waste can include discarded wood products, whole trees, stumps, or pruned branches generated during street and park maintenance. The primary components of wood or timber waste are used lumber, trim, shipping pallets, trees, branches, and other wood debris from construction and demolition.
Wood or timber waste that’s not chemically modified can be reused for an enormous range of applications, including construction and furniture making. In NSW, several specialist firms recycle salvaged timber waste and old wooden doors, windows, flooring and other building material. Old pallets and other timber alike can be recycled into products like mulch, animal bedding, building products, bio filters and renewable bioenergy.
Sources of Timber Waste
Timber waste comes from both residential and commercial activities, and consist of sawdust, scrap lumber, pallets, branches, twigs, and tree stumps. Standard sources of timber waste include wooden crates and pallets, building construction and demolition, furniture manufacture landscaping, old movie sets, landscaping, branches removed from orchards, and lumber mills, among others.
Options for Disposing Timber Waste
Disposing at a timber waste processing facility
The demolition and construction of buildings generates a considerable amount of solid waste, though businesses can benefit by not sending their waste to landfills.
Timber or wood can be recycled to create new products very easily, you could even donate your timber to a high school wood shop. Pallets and wood shipping boxes can be easily repaired and reused over and over. Demolishing an old fence can give you beautifully weathered wood for your landscaping projects. Treated woods such as utility poles and railroad ties are particularly well suited for reuse, and can be used to build bridges, fences, and barriers in parking areas, or simply to control erosion.
You can process timber waste that cannot be reused in its original form into a myriad of new products, such as compost for soil enhancement, sawdust for animal bedding, mulch for weed control, timber flour for cleaning up spills, fuel pellets for wood stoves, or wood chips for landscaping/trail stabilisation. Timber waste can be composted to make compost and soil amendments that conserve water, reduce soil erosion, and reduce or completely eliminate the need for fertiliser.
If reuse and recycling and compost are for some reason not possible for you, you could send the timber waste to a biomass-to-energy producer that can generate electricity or steam with the timber. Although the combustion of any fuel results in emissions, burning wood is fairly “clean” compared to most fossil fuels.
Sending the timber waste to a landfill should be the last disposal option.
Recycling timber waste has become popular due to being known as environmentally friendly. Common belief among consumers is that by purchasing recycled timber waste, the demand for “green timber” will essentially benefit the environment. Greenpeace also view recycled timber as an environmentally friendly product, citing it as the most preferable timber source. The arrival of recycled timber waste as a construction product has been important in both raising industry and consumer awareness towards deforestation and promoting timber mills to adopt more environmentally friendly practices.
Recycling wood and timber waste saves unnecessary logging of our forests, saving an extremely valuable living resource. By removing used timber from going into the waste bin your business could benefit from a reduced total waste disposal charge. Your business may also be able to reuse the material or sell the better pieces of this salvaged timber waste.
SoilCo proudly collects timber waste and transports it to our facilities where it’s converted into recycled mulches. Soilco’s composting processes result in high quality end use products meeting Australian and industry standards for urban, environmental and agricultural markets. This assists our environment by reducing the carbon footprint, leading to a more sustainable future. Soilco is very proud to contribute this service to our community and environment.