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Recycling your wood floor prevents wood waste from going to the landfill where its decomposition produces greenhouse gases. It also reuses a natural resource—trees—thereby preserving the world’s forests.

How to recycle wood floors

The most efficient way to recycle your wood floorboards is to find someone who will refurbish them into new wood flooring.

Recycling wood floors helps you go green because…

  • It prevents wood waste from going to the landfill, where its decomposition produces greenhouse gases.
  • It eliminates the need to harvest virgin trees from the world’s forests, protecting watersheds, as well as habitat for wildlife and understory plants.[1]
  • It saves energy because, generally, the steps required to supply recycled materials to industry (including collection, processing and transportation) use less energy than the steps required to supply virgin materials to industry (including extraction, transportation and processing).[2]

In 2003, the United States generated nearly 6 million tons of wood waste that went to landfills.[3] The decomposition of landfill wastes is the largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United States.[4] Compared to carbon dioxide by weight, methane is almost 21 times more powerful at warming the atmosphere.[5]

Recycling wood floors also reduces the need to harvest trees from the world’s forests. For example, salvaging 1 million board feet of reusable lumber from an old warehouse can offset the need to harvest one thousand acres of forest.[6] The harvest of trees negatively impacts the earth’s biodiversity when habitat is destroyed and it affects the earth’s ability to absorb greenhouse gases. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, and "exhale," or release, oxygen. It's estimated that an acre of trees can grow 4,000 pounds of wood per year while consuming 5,800 pounds of carbon dioxide and producing 4,280 pounds of oxygen.[7]

Glossary

  • recycled wood: Post-consumer wood that has been processed (usually by mechanical means) to be used in the manufacture of a new product.
  • reclaimed lumber: Post-consumer wood that has been used for another purpose and is being salvaged for a new use. Almost all reclaimed wood is a high-grade wood as it was originally harvested from old-growth forests.[1]
  • rediscovered wood: A term used by Rainforest Alliance’s certification program to describe wood that is recovered, recycled and reused.[6]

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07/23/2010
11:51am
GreenRoof

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