Treated Wood

Illegal in Garbage & Drains
Special Instructions

Put a small amount (less than 60 pounds) in the garbage. For amounts larger than 60 pounds, order a debris box for construction and demolition material.

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Never Burn Treated Wood

Chemicals such as creosote are used when treating wood, which creates toxic ash and emissions when burned. These particles lodge in soil and groundwater and take many years to break down, so never burn wood if you think it has been treated.

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Take Care With Sawdust

Avoid breathing in sawdust from treated wood, and do not add it to compost or scatter on the ground.

Ways to Reduce

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Choose a Different Wood

Redwood and cedar are both naturally pest-resistant. Suppliers are also starting to offer more non-toxic treated wood options.

Ways to Reuse

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Repurpose for New Project

Certain types of wood products can be reused in a variety of ways. Find out how to repurpose your wood product.