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Forum topic by TMcG posted 02-07-2011 05:42 AM 1251 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-07-2011 05:42 AM

For the scrap scraps, as opposed to the pieces that go on the, ever increasing in size, scrap shelf, is there a way to recycle ?

Specifically, the plywood offcuts and especially MDF, surely thats recyclable ?

What’s everyone do with that stuff ?

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#1 posted 02-07-2011 06:30 AM

I recycle it back to the earth by burning it.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#2 posted 02-07-2011 07:14 AM

I give it to my daughter for her wood stove. In my new shop I’ll have a wood stove.

Pop

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#3 posted 02-07-2011 01:43 PM

Guess I’ll have to get something that burns wood then ! :-)

I thought there was some issue with the chemicals/glue in MDF and plywood ?

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#4 posted 02-07-2011 05:51 PM

Well don’t breath it in when it is burning that’s how you get the munchies…. ;~0 Any pressure treated woods you don’t want to burn because of the chemicals they use. Some of the foreign ply gets by customs with formaldehyde in the glue. But the majority of ply and MDF is pretty safe to burn.

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#5 posted 02-07-2011 06:03 PM

I don’t burn ANY ply or MDF. I use plenty but that scrap goes in the trash can.

Pop

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#6 posted 02-08-2011 05:35 AM

Let me explain a little better. We don’t have anyplace to recycle wood unless it is untreated, it can’t have anything on it. They only recycle for composting. So you either have to put it in the dump or burn it. I choose not to fill the dumps anymore than I already do. I have never seen any place that recycles processed woods, doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

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#7 posted 02-08-2011 09:01 AM

I wouldn’t burn MDF , at least not inside. Outside in an open pit if anything…

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#8 posted 02-08-2011 10:42 PM

I burn it.

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#9 posted 02-08-2011 10:49 PM

I have friends with farms, when they clear the fields in the fall after harvest they typically come up with a fairly large burn pile, the scrap goes in there.

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#10 posted 02-08-2011 11:39 PM

Unfortunately I have to throw it out in the garbage. Nowhere to burn stuff in the city…

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#11 posted 02-11-2011 08:33 PM

I did some reading/googling on this and it’s a bit of an issue, sad to say. There are some councils/towns/areas that won’t even let you put the bad stuff, MDF mainly, in landfill.

Guess MDF is our equivalent of polystyrene !

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#12 posted 02-11-2011 10:25 PM

Everybody’s problem with MDF and associated products is the formaldehyde content. California has passed a law against products that have formaldehyde content. That caused quite a stir in the furniture industry. The formaldehyde is in MDF and other products to inhibit fungi, termites etc. The California law has been in place now for around 3 years. I think most MDF is no longer using this chemical but I’m not sure. The hand waving greenies haven’t figured it out that MDF is now cleaner.

Pop

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#13 posted 02-12-2011 03:07 AM

I have to thorw away my scraps too. There isn’t any place in Vegas where I can recycle it. Oh, there is one place but I have to bring it to them and then they charge me to drop it off. Only in America.

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#14 posted 02-12-2011 06:21 PM

From what I have read over the years, the market of American made MDF is only about 5% Green since 2007. I could be wrong. I also understand that MDF made in other countries have been using less toxic content for almost decade, but most American furniture industries have that Patriot thing going on… made in the USA is followed up with..the USA knows how to do it best…. making our market very slow to accept change. Most of the problems from MDF can be placed at the feet of big Furniture industry… which doesn’t include almost all of us here on LJs.

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