random #16: What LA does with its wood (and lawn trimmings)

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 1901 days ago 1061 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been trying to figure this out for a bit, and last weekend I cracked the case. Where do the logs and trees the tree trimmers cut down, and the stuff in the green waste recycling bins go? I tooled around Google Maps, searching for dumps and landfills, and found things like this that just didn’t seem to fit the bill. Finally I found this PDF file. It includes 20 pages, most with photos of everything that goes on, with figures on how much of each type of green waste is hauled in per day, and pictures of the each stage of the operations, including resawing and furniture building at the end. Most is turned into mulch for customers. I love the cleaning station, which is an elevated, metal mesh tunnel with a conveyor running through it. Workers stand on each side, plucking trash from the continuous influx, and dropping it through holes to huge dumpsters below them. The yard is surprisingly small, but then, I guess LA isn’t constantly felling trees.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 1901 days ago

Interesting stuff Gary. What woodworkers need to figure out is how to divert the workable logs to us instead of them ending up as mulch.
I work for a city in Colorado (Aurora) that has a population of 310,000 and a dedicated Forestry division as well. I’m trying to figure out how I should open the conversation with the Forestry representative where I end up claiming all (or at least part of) the maple, oak and walnut that gets taken down.
It may not ever work out but the only way to find out is to ask!

Thanks for the information and the great posts on all sorts of topics.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#2 posted 1901 days ago

Thats a great setup you have, you should be proud of that. Recycle and reuse is something I try and live by. Over here you just put it in a pile and torch it, or it all goes here to smokey mountain manila. Type it into you tube to see how not to dispose of waste.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#3 posted 1901 days ago

Cool Stuff! I wonder if other cities have similar procedures?

Thanks, Gary!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 1901 days ago

I think Rob has a point instead of free wood it’s more like rescued wood so it might cost a little to rescue it.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 1900 days ago

I’m glad you were able to crack the case. Now, if you can divert some of the waste?

I was thinking of youi Friday PM on the way down to the Tree Farm. There were piles of slash waiting to be burned. Windfalls across roads with just enough cut out to get through. Lots of debris in the stream beds from last winter’s flooding. You could bury that new Toyota in just a few minutes :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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