If you have wood that you need to dump there is a right way and a wrong way. While it may seem convenient, you can’t just dump it anywhere because that will get a fine if you get caught. If you are thinking burning it…think again if it is treated wood because that is dangerous. Wood waste comes in different varieties like yard waste, excess lumber, treated panels, to kids toys. The size of the wood, the amount you have, and it’s previous application all are factors in determining how it is best handled. Below I will discuss the different types of wood products and where I dump wood near me.
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According to The Balance SMB, “Wood waste is the second-largest component of construction and demolition (C&D) debris after concrete. Overall, wood accounts for around 10 percent of all material deposited in landfills annually”.
So the big question is where do we dump wood?
Below I will address for categories of wood and how you should go about dumping. Ideally you want to recycle wood and not dump it, but hold tight and I’ll address that.
Where to Dump Wood Near Me – By Type of Wood Product
Yard Waste (Sticks, Trees, etc…)
The yard waste, also called green waste, is one of the best types of wood to recycle and support sustainability. Wood from yard waste includes branches, brush, tree trimmings, sticks, twigs, mulch, and even trees cut down into sections.
While many communities offer curbside pickup, the rules around wood waste curbside vary from town to town. In Little Rock, AR for example, tree limbs no larger than 6 feet long and 6 inches in diameter have to be placed outside yard waste bags. Others have regulations such as which day or the week of month wood will be collected.
If your community does not have a yard waste pick up program you can check for a yard waste recycling center. Theses are facilities that specialize in composting in large quantities. There are like landfills for wood, only much safer and more sustainable then a landfill. Some are actually located within your local landfill. These facilities can by city or privately run and may have fees associated with dumping.
Untreated Wood (Scrap Lumber, Pallets, etc…)
Scrap lumber and pallets from construction is another great recycling candidate. Since it is untreated, meaning painted or stained, you can treat it similar to yard waste. Other recycling options are mulch or chipping it and then compressing it into particle board.
Scrap lumber and similar types of untreated wood can often be picked up curbside with yard waste. If your community does not have a yard waste pick up, then municipal recycling center drop offs are the next best option.
One of my favorite alternative options for dumping and recycling untreated wood is giving it to my local home and garden place. For me they are closer then my recycling center and I can help support small business by giving them my construction leftover wood scraps. They will use this wood for various projects and sometimes build planters and plant stands.
Lastly another great option for dumping untreated scrap lumber is Rebuilding Together. These folks might even pick up your wood scrap if you still have whole pieces. They are a non-profit that does work on peoples hones who can’t afford needed repairs.
Painted Wood (Finished/Chemically Treated)
Treated wood is the real tough wood type to deal with because you can’t recycle it. Treated wood is defined as wood that is painted, stained, or pressure treated. These wood preservation treatments mean the wood has been exposed to different (chemical) preservatives and processes. This exposure means it can’t be composted or burned as a source of energy. If you were to burn treated wood, you could release dangerous toxins in the air some of which may cause cancer.
To recycle it, the only thing you could do is to repurpose it for a DIY project. Although even still, I would encourage not try and sand off the finish either because of the chemicals in the treatments. Aside from trying to repurpose the wood, unfortunately the best course of action for dumping treated wood is your local landfill.
Home Products (Desks, Chairs, etc…)
Other items like toys, desks, cutting boards, salad bowls, patio furniture, should not be dumped if they still have use. Consider trying to either sell these items in a garage sale, donate them or putting them on the curb and posting them on freecycle.
Watch Wood Recycling in Action…
If you are curious about the wood recycling process, check out this video. Shows the whole process of wood getting recycled at a local facility.
Wood Dump Near Me – Wrap Up
Dumping wood is really dependent on the type of wood and the regulations of your town or city. Ideally any solution for dumping your wood, should recycle and reuse first. Aside from treated wood, you want to avoid the landfill as best you can, as there are much better options for the environment. Also note, that you should NEVER burn treated wood/
I know it may seem like a pain, but you shouldn’t dump wood anywhere. You could get a heft fine and left unmonitored under controlled settings could take longer to biodegrade. This is what I have learned from the wood dump near me.