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  1.  
    Ripping out the attic room linings to install insulation has yielded scrap wood:
    -about a 2m3 heap of scrap laths, detached from plaster
    -‎about 20no scrap timbers, mostly 3x3 and 5x3 in 4to 6foot lengths

    All been in the roof 100+ years, full of nails, had woodworm sometime in the past

    Options to dispose it are
    -garden bonfire
    -‎firewood for neighbour's open fireplace
    -‎take it in car to council landfill, multiple round trips total ca 100miles
    -‎other?

    Rural location, nearest neighbours half mile away

    What's the greenest way to dispose of it?
  2.  
    Has it had woodworm *treatment*?
    • CommentAuthorgravelld
    • CommentTimeNov 20th 2017
     
    Let it rot in the ground? Build some insect houses? Maybe that's what prompted Nick's question.
  3.  
    That and (notwithstanding other counter-arguments) whether you burn it.
  4.  
    I'd give it to your neighbour to burn. 100 mile round trip ain't green. Burning on a bonfire is just wasting it. At least your neighbour will get a benefit, and being in Aberdeen (If I read your tag correct), heating is important and wont be just for "effect"
    • CommentAuthorMikC
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2017
     
    Greenest way. I would say allowing it to rot back into the soil.
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2017 edited
     
    While house-heating by woodburning (bad idea) still persists (no sign of stopping unfortunately), use it for fuel and so leave a tiny corner of woodland alone. Apart from that, let it rot into the ground, providing nice home for mice, insects, fungi etc. Same inevitable oxidation, but postponed and without the toxic combustion products.
    • CommentAuthorfernicarry
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2017
     
    Laths make great kindling as they are so dry. I kept the best condition laths I took out for use in repairs in other rooms and burn the broken and split ones.

    Use the bigger stuff to make raised veggie beds (if not treated). Old lime plaster added to soil good for alkali loving plants.
    • CommentAuthorJamster
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2017
     
    You could probably make yourself a workbench out of the thicker pieces if so inclined and if in good condition, otherwise compost heap sides / raised beds / convenient pile of rotting material behind a shed...
    • CommentAuthorjfb
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2017
     
    I'm still using the lath i pulled out of our building for kindling 3 years on.
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2017
     
    On balance, burning for heating is the least worst option; sift the ash, collect the nails afterwards and put them in the metal recycling. Leaving to rot is another option if you have the luxury of space, and time.
  5.  
    Don't know if it's ever had woodworm treatment. We don't have space to let it rot above ground, we could bury it but I expect anaerobic conditions would give off methane. The compost heap is a good idea, will think about that, thanks.

    How do the building trade dispose of timber?
  6.  
    Posted By: WillInAberdeenHow do the building trade dispose of timber?

    In my experience they just get a skip and chuck it in with the rest of the rubbish and the client picks up the bill.In anyway at builders hourly rate who would pay to have them sort and salvage.
    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2017
     
    How do the building trade dispose of timber?


    I think they take to a some woods owned by a friendly farmer near us and burn it :-)

    Fortunately he's far enough away that it doesn't cause a problem unless there is an inversion layer then you can smell him for miles around.

    Is there a way of finding out if a site has or needs a license?
  7.  
    This is from:-

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/waste-exemption-d7-burning-waste-in-the-open

    Types of activity you can’t carry out

    You can’t:

    burn other types of waste other than those listed below
    bring waste from elsewhere to burn
    burn treated wood waste or wood waste coming from any source other than listed
    use this exemption to burn waste in an incinerator for disposal (see related exemptions)
    use this exemption to burn waste in a boiler to produce heat and power (see related exemptions)

    Householders burning their own garden waste don’t need to register any waste exemptions.
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2017
     
    Just watched the news. At least builders who burn waste timber, whether in compliance with the law or not, aren't contributing to the fly-tipping problem like some others.
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2017
     
    Fly tipping; We do get it around here settees, mattresses, builders rubble, usual stuff. Ultimately it's the Local Authority's fault IMO, they could all go a long way to stopping it by offering good, free, disposal facilities and services.:angry:
    • CommentAuthorcjard
    • CommentTimeNov 26th 2017
     
    +1 owlman, though maybe some beard with a clipboard assessed the cost of running a health n safety obsessed site, vs running a team to clear up after the fly tippers. How fly tipping affects the emotions of the populace is alas more intangible
    • CommentAuthormikael
    • CommentTimeNov 26th 2017
     
    Posted By: Peter_in_Hungary
    Posted By: WillInAberdeenHow do the building trade dispose of timber?

    In my experience they just get a skip and chuck it in with the rest of the rubbish and the client picks up the bill.In anyway at builders hourly rate who would pay to have them sort and salvage.


    This is what usually happens, but sorting does not have to take much effort. There is no reason why you could not designate a separate pile for waste timber which could be given away to be burnt, instead of filling an expensive skip with it.
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      CommentAuthorSteamyTea
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2017
     
    Posted By: cjard+1 owlman, though maybe some beard with a clipboard assessed the cost of running a health n safety obsessed site, vs running a team to clear up after the fly tippers

    Like this:
    http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/15668547.Man_crushed_to_death_at_Redruth_recycling_centre/
    • CommentAuthorPaulJ
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2017
     
    We get a local wood recycling firm to pick up timber. It costs about 50% of skips. We have to separate it and they like to have a decent load.
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2017
     
    Posted By: PaulJWe get a local wood recycling firm to pick up timber. It costs about 50% of skips. We have to separate it and they like to have a decent load.

    That sounds good. How did you find them?
  8.  
    If only there were "free" disposal facilities. There aren't . . . . .

    The council's dilemma is :-
    Whether to place the cost of disposing of waste onto the person responsible for creating the waste
    OR
    To socialise the cost of disposing of the waste - i.e. everyone is made to pay.

    Anyhow, up in the frozen north I would expect that any such potential firewood would produce a frenzy of excitement if offered on the local Freecycle group.
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