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11-23-2010 02:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sawdust disposal green pickup

What do you do with your sawdust? for that matter, those of you that don’t have a stove, what do you do with the small scraps?

Our city picks it all up with the green leaves and grass, but that’s only been recently. I’v curious if there is a ‘good’ use for all this.

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#1 posted 11-23-2010 02:49 AM

My shop backs up to the woods. I routed my dust collector so everything blows right out the back:) How’s that for recycling.

-- Rick

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#2 posted 11-23-2010 03:25 AM

i burn it and fill my dogs houe wit it she loves its like a pillow for her

-- As Best I Can

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#3 posted 11-23-2010 03:32 AM

Use some in my compost bin and the rest gets recycled through the city’s green waste

-- Childress Woodworks

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#4 posted 11-23-2010 04:03 AM

I saw someone had a post on CraigsList for bags of sawdust. Don’t know if they had any luck.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#5 posted 11-23-2010 04:14 AM

Farmers use it for animal beds, esp. in the winter. I use mine by adding it to leaves in the fall and let it compost. It works great.

-- John from Jackson, Michigan

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#6 posted 11-23-2010 04:16 AM

Like you our trash collection picks up the “green bin”. They have started taking all kinds of kitchen compose in addition to the grass and shrubbery clippings. The guy actually stopped while I was working in my shop (aka garage) and told me they will also take scrap wood along with my bagged sawdust. So, I’m set.

However, if your city pickup doesn’t do this try a local garden club. I use to provide them with sawdust which they then added to some compost bin. Apparently they liked it. The small scraps of wood I always put into the green bin. The thought behind that was if they cutoffs from a tree limb – they’ll take my cutoffs.

The local school provides sawdust to be used by farmers for use in horse/cow stalls.

-- Don

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#7 posted 11-23-2010 04:29 AM

As others have said, it makes great compost; my wife has been getting me to save it for her garden, but I think my supply will eventually overwhelm her demand.

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#8 posted 11-23-2010 05:01 AM

I give mine to a mechanic friend.. he uses it for floor dry to clean up oil spills.. you have to be carefull using it for animal bedding as walnut sawdust does bad stuff to horses when they stand in it.


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#9 posted 11-23-2010 09:55 AM

Walnut dust isn’t just bad for horses.
It’s also toxic to most other plants.
Not much grows underneath walnut trees.

Lost of different sawdusts are toxic in various ways.

Back when I had a garden I used to go behind the local Starbucks and pick up big bags of spent coffee grounds from their green bins. (It’s normally picked up by the recycle truck but they don’t mind at all if you do it for them.) I’d mix the coffee with my sawdust, lawn clippings, kitchen waste etc. and make absolutely incredible compost. The combination attracted worms by the thousands.
Among other things, I grew delphiniums a full 8 feet tall using that stuff. I don’t know about where you live, but that’s fairly amazing around here.
Definitely compost it if you can.

-- Wes Giesbrecht

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#10 posted 11-23-2010 02:11 PM

I’m a small time woodworker but on a project I can make 6-10 thirty gallon bags. My transfer station has a mulch pile for leaves and chips. The culprit is the planer. Man, that can fill up my dust bag in a short time.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#11 posted 11-23-2010 02:28 PM

All my shavings and dust goes into my neighbours and our composter.
Once your neighbours see how nice a compost it makes they will ask for it.
If composting and you are putting in lawn clippings layers of sawdust stop them becoming a layer of slime and my worms seem to flourish.
I don’t give it to anyone for animals as my dust and shavings are mixed. Shavings are a different matter. I however tell folk to remove the dust first.
In winter I burn it. I use a snorkel in my wood-burning stove this stops the sawdust smothering the flame.
When it is burned the ashes are very popular with gardeners who use this potash on flowers and vegetables. Don’t use it on the garden if you use coal.
Offcuts burn. But remember your offcuts are a treasure to pen-makers. I’ve several folk who collect the offcuts one makes jewellery and I’m sure within LJ’s a share could be done for shipping cost.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#12 posted 11-23-2010 02:40 PM

rickf16- I had a friend who used to dump his sawdust in the woods behind his house. One day the DNR found out and fined him big time for improper disposal of toxic waste!

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#13 posted 11-23-2010 04:55 PM

I found a community garden co-op type place. They’ve got a giant compost and all I’ve got to do is drop off the bags and they take care of everything, they told me that they have some layering system—-fine by me!

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#14 posted 11-23-2010 05:05 PM

I use some of it for fire starters for fireplace fires. I mix it with melted wax and pack it into egg carton compartments and let it harden. Then you can just break off one of the 12 cups and put it in the fireplace and light it…works great and no smoke. The rest goes in the compost.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#15 posted 11-23-2010 05:41 PM

I got in a big arguement with my city’s sanitation dept. They told me they can’t take sawdust in our yard waste program. Said that sawdust doesn’t break down like green grass, leaves, green and dead limbs. I asked how that even made sense. Samy types of wood as dead limbs and it’s already chewed up. No dice. They won’t take it. Told me to send it to the landfill. Go figure. For a forward looking communtiy we’ve got some backward thinking people running things. Still looking for a reasonable alternative.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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