Recycle wood for our planet
By Darrell Moore
The Northwest Herald
Recycling Round-Up November 20, 2006
Have you ever been asked if you owned stock in Com-Ed because you left the
lights on when you left the room? I know I my dad has asked me that question.
Have you ever been asked if you own stock in the landfills because you threw
your wood products in the trash? Well, you have now.
Wood comes from our trees, and trees do so many good things. They clean our air
by filtering airborne pollutants and remove carbon dioxide from our atmosphere.
They also reduce storm water runoff and conserve energy by shading our bodies
and our buildings. We need to keep as many trees alive as possible. Recycling
wood is a great way to preserve trees while reducing the need for new landfills.
There are countless uses for wood. This very paper you are reading comes from
wood. In fact, the odds are the wood in this paper has been recycled a minimum
of two times already (kudos to the Northwest Herald).
There are many things you purchase today that come from recycled wood:
Pressboard, cardboard, wood chips and more. It has also become clear to me there
is a shortage of wood - not because someone told me, but because I have noticed
how difficult it is to find a solid piece of wood furnishing.
Most wood furnishings I see are pressboard with a thin layer of wood laminated
on the top.
So, how can you conserve wood? Recycle it. The easiest way is to call a company
that makes sure your wood gets recycled. Or you can rejuvenate it yourself. That
old dresser you have - refinish it, paint it, sell it, donate it. There are
plenty of people in need.
In addition, there are many crafts you can make. Timbers make a great picture
frame, book shelf, tool bench or even jewelry. Take that old door, cut it in
half lengthwise add some 2-by-10s for legs, and you have a bench - and a
one-of-a-kind piece of furniture at that.
Whatever you do, don't throw that wood into a landfill. With so many things made
from recycled wood, throwing it away is a waste of a valuable resource. I, for
one, am not going to throw money in the trash, even though I do own stock in the
landfills - by proxy.
If you want to make sure your wood debris is recycled pleased contact:
- Falcon Waste & Recycling Inc., (815) 334-8689
- Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Woodstock, Waukegan, & Elgin
- Illinois Fiber Products, Carpentersville, (847) 836-6176
- Midwest Forestree, East Dundee, (847) 220-0116
- ReUseIt Center, Batavia (630) 761-4240 www.reuseitcenter.org
Or, if you would like to try a craft project and don't have wood lying around,
you can get recycled wood from the following (please call first):
- American Kestral, Harvard, (815) 943-3730
- Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Waukegan, (847) 623-1020
- ReUseIt Center, Batavia, (630) 761-4240 or
- Darrell Moore is the solid waste coordinator for theMcHenry County
Department of Planning and Development
The Recycling Round-Up column is a cooperative effort of the McHenry County
Department of Planning and Development (815) 334-4560, the Lou Marchi Total
Recycling Institute at MCC (815) 479-7817, the McHenry County Defenders (815)
338-0393 and the Algonquin Township Road District. Feel free to contact any of
these groups with your recycling questions.