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Lumber

Lumber
It’s everywhere you look. Your computer may be sitting on some right now, your feet could be resting on a wooden floor and your home likely contains a great deal of lumber, keeping it standing strong.

Reduce | Reuse | Recycle | Facilities

How do I go green?

Reduce

Try to make the most out of each 2x4 or sheet of plywood. Make strategic cuts to avoid wasted scraps. This will save you money as well as reduce the amount of lumber you need to purchase. Remember that there’s a huge carbon footprint for each length of lumber you use. Many fossil fuel burning machines and vehicles were used to get that 2x4 to your door.

Reuse

Use left over scraps of wood for shims, packing material or other small projects. Keep a stash of small wood bits for repairs or renovations in the future. Compost smaller scraps of untreated, unpainted lumber at home or use them as kindling.

Recycle

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

Facilities

  • A&P Disposal & Recycling

    6220 Marilyn Road
    Sooke
    250.642.4456

  • Alpine Disposal & Recycling

    1045 Dunford Ave.
    Langford
    250.474.5145

  • DL's Recycling Centre

    6844 Oldfield Rd
    Saanichton
    250.544.3103

  • Ellice Recycle (commercial dump capable loads only)

    2525 Bridge Street
    Victoria
    250-386-8740

  • H.L. Disposal & Lawn Services Ltd.

    334 Hillside Ave
    Victoria
    250.381.2020

  • North Saanich Public Works Yard (North Saanich Residents Only)

    Municipal Pit, Littlewood Road
    North Saanich
    250-656-0781

  • RemoveAndReUse.Com

    Online resource only for Capital Region residents
    Victoria

  • Sooke Disposal Ltd.

    No drop off depot.
    Sooke
    250.642.3646

  • The Environmental Story

    Contrary to popular belief, wood that ends up in a landfill does not simply biodegrade and create soil. It actually generates harmful, polluting gases if allowed to rot. Wood in a landfill also represents a lost resource. You can make the educated eco-choice by finding out where to best dispose of your waste wood, where it can be chipped and recycled. Try to buy lumber harvested in a sustainable fashion. Wood marked with the Forest Stewardship Council or FSC stamp is an eco-friendly option.