Before deciding to participate in any wood recycling programs, your first step should be to research your market and ask yourself these questions.

  1. Is there a market for wood-chip mulch in my community?
  2. What’s the competition?
  3. How much will I have to invest in land, equipment and people to get into the wood recycling business?
  4. What’s the payoff-can I make a profit?
  5. What alternatives are there?
  6. Does my landfill accept chips, or is it planning to do so, either for cover or mulch?
  7. Are there any transfer stations within a reasonable distance that accept residue?
  8. Is it cheaper in the short term to haul to landfills or transfer stations, or to get into the recycling business?
  9. What will I save by heating my buildings with wood?

It’s a lot to consider, but many companies have done it before with much success. Follow their lead, and turn your woody debris into dollars.

Source: New Uses for Urban Tree Reuse of the Pancoast Concern ltd., a public relations consulting firm headquartered in Victor, New York.

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