Problem Area 3. Improvement and Reuse of Solid Wood Products

In addition to improved processing, timber demands can be reduced by other major activities that extend the life of wood through reuse and recycling. Repairing and recycling wood pallets would reduce both hardwood and softwood timber needs. After intended use, pallets could be recovered, repaired, and reused, and at some point, recycled into other useful products to reduce timber harvesting needs. Other solid wood products, such as softwood house decking materials, can also be recovered and reused as decking or other solid wood products.

The unit will develop methods that allow pallet and house decking industries to extend the life of their products and reduce the volumes of materials presently ending up in landfills.