Earth Day Project - Wood Recycling

Posted on April 19, 2016 at 9:05 AM

I live in downtown Ottawa and it seems new building construction sites keep popping up here, there and everywhere. On my morning walks, I often find piles of leftover lumber left for rubbish at the curbside. Often the pieces are too big for me to take home (although I have upon occasion dragged a few home, much to the consternation of our building's concierge). It's a shame to throw wood into the landfill when there are so many other options. If you've just finished a remodeling or rebuilding job or just have a horde taking up space in the garage, rather than throwing out the wood, get creative and repurpose it instead.

Why not build a birdhouse, a picture frame, or make wooden toys for your kids?

If you're handy with a hammer and saw, build a bookshelf or clothes hanger.

Create a raised vegetable garden patch or put together a trellis for your garden. If you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove, you can use untreated wood for firewood.

If you’d rather get rid of it, donate your leftover lumber to Habitat for Humanity, a scrapyard, or a high-school woodworking shop; put it on Freecycle, Kijiji, or Gumtree.

You can also check with your city or your local recycling facility to see what any other options are available. Some facilities will put clean wood through a chipper and mix it with other materials to use as a soil enhancer.

These are only a few steps that can be taken to keep wood from piling up at landfills and save a few trees. There are tons of inventive and creative ideas all over the internet. Take the time to look and see what you can do with your piles (pun intended).

Categories: Environment, DIY, Wood

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