National Timber Product Stewardship Group

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Reusing Wood

One of the unique features of timber would be its versatility, particularly its reusability in a variety of ways. Going by the hierarchy of waste, the best way in which you can minimise wood waste is by reusing the wood material. This is done by recreating new products from the existing material.

How Can Wood Waste Be Reused?

There are several ways in which wood waste can be reused. Beyond the reuse advantage, it also has economic benefits that are; you incur little to no cost to recreate new products.

Here are some of the best ways you can reuse the wood waste.

Sawdust

Sawdust is one of the most notorious wood wastes which is got from the sawmill. Usually, it is disposed of in landfills because most sawmill factories see it as a by-product of wood cutting and shaving. However, it can be reused for several purposes, such as.

  • In Animal Husbandry: You can use sawdust for the bedding of your animal house. It is mostly used in poultry housing, and when it is mixed with the birds’ droppings, it is good compost manure.
  • Fill Defects in Woods and Holes: This can be done by mixing the wood flour with wood glue and filling the wood defect.
  • Environmental Protection: Wood shavings and sawdust can be used to reduce odour and can also help manage clean air. It is not only a tree that can perform this function; sawdust can also be helpful where there is no tree around.

Wood Pallet

According to research carried out, it was stated that wood pallets are reused more than nine times by users in Australia. The doggedness of the pallet makes it a reusable material on several occasions before it reaches the end of its useful life.

There are various creative do-it-yourself ways to reuse the pallet. You can reuse the wooden pallet as storage; you can use it as a shoe rack, a bed stand, wine rack, etc.  A wood pallet is anything but a waste product of wood.

Chipboard

This is also called particleboard. You can reuse the wood waste in the production of other wood materials, especially for furniture making. It is also used in the building of industrial floors with unique decoration patterns. Although this is not yet a common trend in Australia, you can also be one of the few to use a well-decorated wooden floor constructed from particleboard wood waste.

Mulching

Putting certain materials on the soil surface to prevent erosion, protect roots of plants, and guard against weeds is referred to as landscape mulching. You can use solid wood waste for this purpose. The wood waste would not only perform these functions perfectly; it would also serve as compost to nourish the soil when it decays.

Surface Laying

Wood waste can also be reused for surface covering. Wood chips are used to lay the playground of children to give them soft landing in case they fall.

The use of wood waste is not limited to all these. Wood waste can also be used in plastic production, composting, joint lamination of woodworks, and cement board.