Uses for Scrap Treated Wood

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Wood is an environmentally sustainable, natural product used for a wide variety of building applications. Treated wood contains preservative chemicals as part of the production process, and scrap material should be re-used with care.

What is Treated Wood?

  • Untreated wood cut from most tree species is subject to attack by insects, fungi and bacteria. Before use, wood is treated with a preservative to guard against these organisms and ensure long-term structural integrity.

Recycling

  • Treated wood can be recycled professionally through shredding and chipping. Recycled timber then has secondary uses as animal bedding, compost and landscaping woodchips.

Re-use

  • Wood scraps can be reused for further construction, furniture making and crafts. Note that cut ends of the wood expose the preserving chemicals, and should be treated with brush-on treatments available from a timber merchant of hardware store.

Disposal

  • Treated timber should not be disposed of at the local landfill, as the preserving chemicals can leech into the soil. Dedicated waste facilities are available. Consult your local authorities.

Burning

  • Treated wood contains environmentally harmful chemicals, which can be released if the timber is burnt. For this reason treated wood scraps should never be used for fires or fuel.

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