Summary: How arborists view the issue of “waste wood” is changing. The number of landfills has been steadily shrinking, while tipping fees at the remaining facilities are rising continually. Disposing of waste wood was once merely a time and labor factor, but now carries with it considerably more expense. Many arborists have adjusted to the higher cost of handling waste wood by looking for value-added markets for this material. Market, technology, and government factors outside the tree care industry are contributing to make it easier for arborists to find these markets, if the arborist knows how to handle the wood and what to look for. (Originally published in Arborist News, 14(3): 44-46)

Urban Wood Waste: Maximizing Log Value for the Sawmill Market (PDF)