Nearly all types of solid wood can be reused. Wood can be salvaged from old buildings, bridges and wharfs and used again in modern décor, from furniture to flooring. Smaller, less valuable wood scraps can be collected and used to make particleboard and other composite products.
Similarly, paper can be recycled and reused many times, taking the pressure of forests. In 2010, more than half the fibre – 53 per cent – used in global paper production came from recovered paper, up from 43 per cent in 2000. Even with higher global paper consumption in the future, we would need less virgin wood than we do today if we recycled more. Better sorting of waste, technological advances in recycled fibres, smart product design, enabling re-use and recycling, as well as responsible consumer choices can all contribute to making less resource-intensive products.
I use wood chips from tree pruning in my yard and as part of growing potted plants in my home.
In our institution we recycle materials from old and broken furniture to reshape and refinish them to make new products.
Governments and cities have to put system - or better systems- in place: separate waste collection, for consumers but also small to large enterprises. General awareness needs to be raised.