Wood is biodegradable.
When wood is no longer usable, it can be readily absorbed back into
the earth with no environmental harm. Wood fibers turn into non-toxic
dirt and enrich the soil as they decompose. On a building site, wood scrap
can be chipped and composted immediately with no hauling and no land filling
Wood substitutes are not biodegradable.
Materials such as concrete rubble are very difficult to
recycle or dispose of. Steel and aluminum require massive
amounts of energy to recycle. Plastics are burdened
with toxic substances that make recycling hazardous
and costly. As well, plastic is not biodegradable and will
remain in a landfill for half a millennium (500 years).
Wood waste is not a serious problem in the U.S. and accounts for only 7% of landfill
space by volume. Old wood roofing and siding can be easily disposed of without
worrying about toxic chemicals leaching into our drinking water and poisoning
WOOD IS THE CHOICE FOR SAFE DISPOSAL
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