Wood Waste Management: How It Works

A good woodworker, like any tradesman, should know his passionate job like the back of his hand. This can include knowing his tools such as his saws and chisels to knowing his wood such as his cedar and maple. One key factor that any skilled craftsman should know about his or her job is how to effectively manage the waste that is produced as a result of their work.

Woodworking is no different. To be efficient money wise as well as Eco-friendly, every talented woodworker should practice wood waste management while on the job. So how does wood waste management work? Here is a step by step guide on how wood waste management looks like.

Wood Waste Management: How It Works


1. Attainment

 In today’s environmentally conscious world, many companies collect wood waste from woodworkers. If you work in a large wood using company then these wood waste collectors will likely come on a routine basis to pick up any wood waste that has been put aside.

On the other hand, if you do your woodworking independently or through a small scale business then you can drop off any wood waste that you have produced at whatever retailer that you had purchased the wood from. Such retailers, such as home hardware stores, for example, are usually in association with wood waste collection agencies.

2. Recycling process

After collecting the wood waste, wood waste management companies will turn these scraps of wood into something that can be used. Different wood waste management companies manufacture different products.

Certain wood waste management companies will sell their collected wood waste as is to independent woodworking artists who will then use this wood to make contemporary artwork or small projects which don’t require large pieces of wood such as small-scaled furniture and wooden toys.

Other wood waste management companies will take large pieces of unused wood and trim them down using a range of different power saws to create other wood products. Such wood products that could be made with large pieces of unused wood include poles for fences or boards for floors.

Also, there are certain wood waste management companies in the world today who turn wood waste into products that are not restricted to the woodworking industry. Many of these wood waste management companies treat their collected wood waste through a process of chemical reactions and mechanical treatment to turn large pieces of unused wood into sawdust.

This sawdust is then combined with a selected set of ingredients to be transformed into a pulp like a state. In this state, the sawdust pulp can be moulded into a variety of different products. For example, one such product can include recycled paper for notebooks, chapter books, envelopes, and other paper stationery products.

Another use for this sawdust pulp can be to create large planks of wood that can then be used by carpenters to create furniture or into beams for architects to use when building homes. A popular way to use recycled paper products is through the chain restaurant business where certain retailers sell their drinks in recycled paper cups and their food in recycled paper boxes.

3. Redistribution

No matter what process these wood waste management companies use to treat their collected wood waste, their products always go back on the market for skilled woodworking craftsmen to use. Certain wood waste management companies will sell their collected wood waste as is, from the smallest scraps to the largen blocks, as is from their warehouses. This is a popular stop for many independent woodworkers who want to pay a small fee and be environmentally friendly when creating their projects.

Otherwise, these wood waste management companies will sell their large pieces of reformed wood to hardware stores so that wood product producing companies or home renovation specialists can purchase what they need.

On the other hand, finished recycled wood projects that were made from these wood waste management companies, such as finished pieces of furniture or paper products, will be sent to warehouses who will sell these items to both social industries and personal buyers, or directly to social industries which include restaurants and furniture stores.

As well, you can often purchase recycled wood at any hardware store and you can purchase recycled wood products at any office store as well. 

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