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How to recycle wood

17 September 2020

How is wood recycled?

Wood is primarily recycled by being reused. It is a material which can be sawn down, sanded, re-painted, and varnished in order to have its appearance drastically changed to suit a wide range of different functions. For construction purposes, wood can also be recycled and turned into man-made medium-density fibreboard (or MDF) wood which is achieved by essentially compressing and processing different wood residuals.

Recycling untreated wood

Scrap lumber from home improvement projects and other untreated wood has a number of uses for recycling. It can be chipped and used in compost or mulch. It can also be turned into particleboard or chipboard lumber. Before recycling this type of wood, we recommend trying to find ways of repurposing as a DIY project – there are many website out there that offer some brilliant ideas on how to go about doing this. If you have a fireplace at home, then untreated wood is a great candidate for burning to generate some natural warmth in the winter! Alternatively, if you just want to get rid of it, then you should you’re your local household recycling centre and throw it in the correct wood containers.

Recycling treated or painted wood

Wood that has been pressure treated, painted, varnished or otherwise finished is not a good candidate for recycling – for instance, it should not be burned in a fireplace due to the toxic chemicals found in the wood treatment solutions. You should dispose of this type of wood at your local landfill or recycling centre and always double check with the workers at the site where the correct place to dump it is.


Our team of recycling experts in Poole offer wood disposal solution service for trade customers at our Waste Transfer Station based on the Nuffield Industrial Estate in Poole. Contact us today to dispose of your trade waste.

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