Centers that recycle wood include Potomac Recycling in Dumfries, Virginia; B&J Recycling in Absecon, New Jersey; and American Waste Industries in Sun Valley, California. There is wide range of wood-recycling centers throughout the United States, and users can find local ones at RecyclerFinder.com.
Recycling centers that take wood come in three main varieties: those that take yard waste, those that take clean wood, such as scrap lumber or pallets, and those that take chemically treated or painted wood. Many centers that recycle wood prefer clean wood or yard waste, as chemically treated or painted wood can contain toxins that make it impractical for reuse.
Users should consult RecyclerFinder.com to locate wood recycling centers of all three types in their local area. They should also check with a local municipal waste department to see if it offers a collection program for yard waste or scrap wood.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that more than 500 wood-processing centers are available across the United States. These centers use waste wood to produce mulch, fuel, compost, animal bedding, particle board and other manufactured products. As a result, fewer natural resources are needed to produce these items, and additional revenue may be generated from the waste.