Solid Wood Waste Recycled as Heating
Waste from solid wood floors now need not be thrown away, but can be recycled to heat people’s homes thanks to a new initiative from The National Wood Flooring Association. The use of waste from solid wood floors as a source of heating is not particularly new, having been utilised by hardwood manufacturers for some time now, but the method has not previously been available for use by consumers. Now, however, that is changing.
In order for the waste from solid wood floors, perhaps what has been left over from a new wooden floor installation or from wood floor restoration, it is recycled into wood bricks, which in turn can then be used as a source of firewood. The National Flooring Association claims that the waste materials are intensely compressed together to assemble them into brick form, without using any form of adhesive material to do so, and have many advantages over more traditional forms of firewood.
For one thing, in addition to the obvious environmental benefits of using the recycled waste rather than simply throwing it away, wood bricks are very light to handle and very easy to store. They also result in a much cleaner burn, attracting fewer insects or other pests, and creating a fire which lasts a fair while longer than traditional firewood as well. Therefore, the use of recycled waste from solid wood floors as a heating source does not just have environmental advantages, but economic ones as well.