Recycling is the act of processing used or abandoned materials for use in creating new products. Many people are familiar with the concepts of recycling basic household items such as plastic, glass and newspapers. In today’s ever changing world the need for more recycling outside of these three products is growing exponentially.
One resource that can be easily recycled but is often overlooked when it comes to creating a greener world is wood. There are several creative ways that you can go about recycling wood that can save you money while saving the earth at the same time.
An important aspect when it comes to recycling wood is that you need to be extra careful when taking removing any wood products from a home or office. This process is known as “deconstructing” and focuses on taking extra precautions to save as much of the wood as possible. Say you were looking to get rid of some wood furniture in your house but did not want to sell it. Would you just go in there with a sledge hammer and bust up all the wood into tiny little pieces? No, you would want to take apart the furniture carefully so that you will be left with large, workable pieces of wood that you can use in a future project. It would be silly to just smash up all of the wood that you have and send it off to a landfill.
Another creative way that many businesses can help recycle wood is to reuse any wood pallets that they have lying around. Most stores will receive their product shipments on large wood pallets. After a business removes their products from these pallets they do not have much use for them and generally just throw them away. Because of this wasteful behavior there is a great opportunity to recycle this wood. Many of the companies that deliver these goods around the country will often times pick up any old wood pallets that other companies have lying around. This is a great way to recycle these old wood pallets and will help save the delivery company some money in the process since they do not have to buy new pallets.
While most people are familiar with recycling they are probably familiar with only recycling the big three products of glass, plastic and newspaper. There are many other items that can be recycled we just need to think outside of the box to do so. Recycling wood is a great example of another item that can be recycled but will need some unique ideas to do so.