In some facilities recyclable wood is converted to Refuse Derived Fuel or RDF, and is then used as an alternative fuel source. Some companies use RDF in their plants to generate eco-friendly power for production purposes.
Tip to save yourself some work: you don’t have to remove all the nails! At Hartland Landfill, pieces of wood with small metal attachments such as door hinges, door knobs, dead bolts, nails and small spikes are accepted at the designated lumber bins in the garbage bin area.
Be aware that most of the lumber recycling facilities cannot accept creosote or pressure treated wood products or lumber that has lead based paint on it.
See also: Christmas trees, Lumber (clean), Pallets, Wood Waste