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Timber can be one of the most renewable and 'earth friendly' construction materials, however unsustainable felling of native forests also has widespread environmental impacts.  Plantations can provide a better alternative, but also have impacts on the land and some timbers can be slow to re-grow.  We need to value the timber we have and use it wisely, reusing and recycling where possible.  When choosing new timber, it is best to check that it it is approved by the Forest Stewardship Council to ensure that it has been sustainably harvested.

Some other things to keep in mind:

  • when using timber, be sure to design using the appropriate size, grade and durability of timbers, using 'engineered' and resource efficient sections wherever possible
  • try to make use of all off-cuts however if you need to dispose of it in the green lid organics bin (untreated timber ONLY)
  • where buildings are designed for ease of material recovery, then timbers can be easily reused
  • timbers can be re-milled and recycled to another use. Alternatively, it can be chipped for mulch (but beware of health hazards of lead based paints and treated wood)
  • small amounts of treated timber can be put in the red lid garbage bin.  Large amounts should be taken to the Dunmore Recycling and Waste Disposal Depot or one of the local businesses below:
Business Name Address Accepts
Dunmore Recycling and Waste Disposal Depot

Buckleys Road, Dunmore

ph: 02 4237 7546

clean bricks, clean timber, concrete, rubble
Wollongong Recycling & Building Supplies

50 Wyllie Road, Kembla Grange

ph: 02 4622 1730  or mob: 0422 744 639

bricks and concrete, construction and demolition waste, green waste, timber, soils and mixed fill, steel, VEMN / EMN / General solid waste


 Wollongong Recycling & Building Supplies

50 Wyllie Rd, Kembla Grange

ph:  02 4622 1730

construction and demolition waste, timber, bricks and concrete