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Title: Successful approaches to recycling urban wood waste

Author: Solid Waste Association of North America,

Date: 2002

Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. FPL-GTR-133. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 20 p.

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

Description: This report presents eight case studies of successful urban wood waste recycling projects and businesses. These studies document the success of recovered products such as lumber and lumber products, mulch, boiler fuel, and alternative cover for landfills. Overall, wood waste accounts for about 17% of the total waste received at municipal solid waste landfills in the United States. In 1998, the amount of urban wood waste generated was more than 160 million tons, with 29.6 million tons available for recovery. Similarly, in 1998, new construction in the United States generated 8.7 million tons of wood waste, with 6.6 million tons available for recovery; demolition waste generated 26.4 million tons of wood waste, with 9 million tons available for recovery. The case studies were selected on the basis of the following criteria: an emphasis on partnerships among communities, businesses, governments, and non-governmental organizations; efficient use of funds; sustained creation of enterprise; and a high benefit/cost ratio.

Keywords: Recycling, urban wood waste, energy, pallets

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Solid Waste Association of North America 2002. Successful approaches to recycling urban wood waste. Gen. Tech. Rep. FPL-GTR-133. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 20 p.

 


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