Dispose of Wood and Lumber Right

Do not place wood and lumber in your recycling cart or bin.


Usable Wood and Lumber

If the wood or lumber is in good condition, consider posting it for free on Facebook Marketplace, Nextdoor, or Freecycle. There may be individuals who will accept the material as project supplies. Find a reuse project or donate untreated wood or lumber to a neighbor with a fireplace or fire pit. Usable wood and lumber can be donated to local organizations to maintain their facilities or support their mission. See the Donation Locations list below.



Have you considered deconstruction as an option? Deconstruction is defined as selectively dismantling a structure to salvage valuable construction and architectural materials to resell, reuse, or recycle. See our Deconstruction page for more information.


Pressure-Treated Lumber

Do not burn treated lumber outdoors or in a fireplace. Pressure-treated wood or lumber and wood treated with creosote can be disposed of with your regular trash. Do not dispose of CCA-treated wood in a backyard compost pile, brush pile, chipping pile, or trash incinerator. There are no special recycling facilities for this type of material. If you have a large amount that needs to be hauled away, find a waste transfer station.


Railroad Ties

Do not burn treated lumber outdoors or in a fireplace. If you have railroad ties, see the Ohio EPA website for guidance or contact the Ohio EPA Northeast District Office in Twinsburg. Unwanted treated wood should be disposed of at a local construction and demolition debris (C&DD) landfill, solid waste landfill, or waste transfer station


Wood scraps, sawdust, firewood, and lumber can be disposed of at a local specialized company or a yard waste facility. For a list of Business Locations, see below. 



Looking to recycle, donate, or dispose of other items? Use the dark blue 'What Do I Do With?' search bar at the top of every page of this website. Allow location services or use the city drop-down to find opportunities in your local area.