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Sawdust Disposal

Waste sawdust is produced in two main ways – as a byproduct of woodworking activities or after use when bought for a specific purpose. For example, many businesses use sawdust to clean up spills, for animal bedding and litter, or as fuel. Responsible sawdust disposal is vital when you have to get rid of any wood shavings.

Types of sawdust can vary greatly depending on their production and use. Effective storage and sawdust disposal is important to protect the environment when getting rid of it. At Business Waste we can collect and dispose of any waste sawdust. Call 0800 211 8390 or contact us online today for a free quote for waste sawdust collection and disposal anywhere in the UK.

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Why is proper disposal 
of sawdust important?

Responsible sawdust disposal is important to protect the environment. Most sawdust is natural and made from pure wood, which will biodegrade. However, if you create waste sawdust from sawing, sanding, milling, planning, or routing any timber or wood that was chemically treated it could cause problems. The chemicals the sawdust contains could leach into landfill.

This can spread to nearby water sources. Any sawdust in landfill – whether chemically treated or not – adds to pollution levels and takes up space when it could be reused or recycled. Improper storage, management, and disposal of sawdust can pose a fire risk too due to its dry and flammable nature if the conditions are right.

The proper disposal of sawdust for businesses can also lower your waste management costs. Reusing and recycling sawdust rather than sending it to landfill reduces the amount of landfill tax you pay for its removal and disposal. Protect the environment and your company’s finances with responsible waste sawdust disposal.


How is sawdust disposed of?

Sawdust disposal methods vary depending on its type and condition. Any pure wood sawdust that hasn’t been treated can be composted. Sawdust is biodegradable and will break down, providing a natural way to get rid of it. After collection, your waste sawdust may go to industrial composting sites for responsible disposal.

Some types of waste sawdust are disposed of with general waste. This includes sawdust containing animal waste, if it was used as bedding for example, because it’s contaminated and can’t be reused. Rather than sending your general waste to landfill, it may go to incinerators to produce refuse-derived fuel (RDF) as an alternative fuel source for power plants.

Sawdust recycling and composting

Recycling sawdust isn’t possible as the material is very fine shavings of wood. It can’t be turned back into timber or the natural wood that it once was due to its condition. Therefore, recycling sawdust isn’t an option any waste management sites offer for homes or businesses with such waste.

However, one form of sawdust recycling is composting, which avoids the waste from going to landfill. Waste sawdust is sent to industrial composting sites where it’s processed alongside other organic waste, like food and garden waste. This large-scale composting recycles the sawdust into fresh organic matter that’s used on farms, gardens, and other land.

Industrial composting of sawdust works just like the same process in your garden but on a much bigger and faster scale:

  • Waste sawdust is sorted and added to long piles of compost (windrows). These can reach 100m in length and four metres in height.
  • Temperatures can reach around 60°C to speed up the enzymes and bacteria working while killing off harmful microbes, diseases, and plant seeds.
  • The windrows are regularly turned – every three to five days – to introduce new oxygen.
  • Contaminants and any debris are removed with large uncomposed items reintroduced and the process is repeated until they break down.
  • The compost is graded and sent to farms, gardens, and other projects.

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Alternative sawdust uses

When you no longer have a use for sawdust you must arrange removal by licensed waste carriers from your business. They’ll safely and legally collect and transport the waste sawdust for disposal or composting at an appropriate site. However, there are many other uses for sawdust you could try at your business or home.

Any contaminated sawdust (such as that already used for animal bedding) should be disposed of properly. If you’ve produced fresh sawdust as a byproduct of your business operations though, there are various ways it can be useful. Reusing sawdust benefits the environment and your company, as you won’t have to worry about arranging its disposal.

Here are a few things to do with sawdust rather than disposing of it:

  • Use sawdust as animal bedding – one of the most common sawdust uses is for animal bedding. It’s often used for everything from hamsters to horses, as well as in litter trays. Check the type of sawdust carefully though as not all kinds are appropriate (black walnut is dangerous for some animals).
  • Clean up spillages – another of the most popular uses for sawdust is to clean up any spills and messes. It can soak up water and drinks as well as trickier substances like oil and solvents. Simply have a bucket of sawdust to hand, sprinkle some over the mess, wait a couple of minutes, then sweep it up for disposal.
  • Use as a fuel source – sawdust is a common material to use as a fire starter due to its flammable properties. Mix it with wood chips and candle wax then pour it into a mould and leave to solidify. It’s a great option that gets rid of the sawdust completely and provides a source of fuel.
  • Mulch and feed your plants – mix sawdust with a nitrogen supplement or fertiliser to create food for your plants. Add it to your garden soil or even any indoor plants in your office to provide them with sustenance for healthy growth. It’s a great way to use up lots of sawdust in an environmentally friendly manner but check the sawdust type as not all kinds are safe (cedar sawdust can negatively affect soil).
  • Patch up small holes – combine fine sawdust with wood glue to form a filler you can use to patch up small holes in any wooden surface. You can also use it (without the wood glue) to fill in any larger holes in pathways for a natural solution.
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Who needs sawdust collection?

As a business, you must arrange commercial waste collection of any used sawdust you want to dispose of by licensed waste carriers. All organisations that have sawdust they no longer need should book collection through a professional waste management company, such as Business Waste. Some of the main industries that need regular sawdust collection include:

  • Constructionsawdust produced from sawing, planning, and other activities
  • Factoriesany sawdust created from industrial work and used for cleaning
  • Campsites – used sawdust for cleaning purposes
  • Vetscontaminated animal bedding for domestic pets
  • Agriculturalwaste sawdust used for cleaning purposes and animal bedding

Arrange sawdust collection

Book waste sawdust collection from your company anywhere in the UK with Business Waste. We can provide free bins, bags, and containers to store your waste sawdust with no delivery or rental fees – you only pay for sawdust collection. All waste sawdust is disposed of properly and away from landfill to help protect the environment.

Our sawdust collection service is available on a daily, weekly, or fortnightly basis to suit your needs, with ad hoc collections also possible. Licensed waste carriers will remove your waste sawdust and transport it to a nearby waste management site for sorting and processing before it’s disposed of responsibly.

We can provide a free no obligation quote for sawdust collection. This is based on the amount of sawdust waste, how often you need it collected, and your location. Call 0800 211 8390 or contact us online today for your free quote or any help from our friendly experts.

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Waste sawdust FAQs

  • ORGANIC WASTE Is sawdust hazardous waste?

    Most sawdust is not hazardous waste as it comes from natural wood sources. However, some types of sawdust could class as hazardous if they’re treated with certain chemicals, so it’s best to check before disposal.

    Wood dust is a type of COSHH waste that’s regulated under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002. This is because it can cause asthma and serious health problems including cancer and lung damage if inhaled. Businesses must protect workers from the hazards of wood dust.

  • ORGANIC WASTE Can you put sawdust in your garden waste bin?

    Many local councils and authorities allow you to put sawdust in your garden waste bin if it’s from domestic activities. You cannot put commercial sawdust waste in your household garden bin. However, what you can put in a garden waste bin depends on your location, so check with your local authority first.

  • ORGANIC WASTE Can you compost sawdust?

    You can compost most types of sawdust from natural wood sources. It adds carbon to a compost pile and balances the nitrogen from green materials like grass and food waste. Avoid composting sawdust from chemically treated wood though, as the chemicals can leach into the compost and negatively affect it.

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