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Timber is one of the most renewable and 'earth friendly' materials.

The information on this page is related to treated timber – including not only timber which has had chemical treatments applied, but also timber which has been painted, varnished or stained.

Will SUEZ accept my treated timber?
SUEZ offers a range of collection, recycling and drop off services across Australia. Please visit this page for more information.

What else can I do with my treated timber?
Instead of simply throwing away all of your offcuts and unused timber, you might find that many of your leftovers can be reused for small projects. Alternatively, if you have a lot of smaller offcuts, you might want to get in touch with a local child care centre, as these organisations are often looking for materials which they can use in art and craft activities.

Some other helpful hints to reduce the amount of timber you throw away:

  • When using timber, be sure to design using the appropriate size, grade and durability of timbers, using ‘engineered’ and resource efficient sections wherever possible.
  • If you're dismantling an old cabinet, cubby house or piece of furniture, it can often be worthwhile taking a little extra care to ensure that you recover as much good-quality timber from the item as possible – you could then use this recovered timber in other projects, saving money and trees.
  • Try to make use of all off-cuts. Where buildings are designed for ease of material recovery, timbers can be easily reused.
  • Timbers can be re-milled and recycled for other uses. Alternatively, some is suitable for chipping for mulch (but beware of health hazards associated with lead based paints).



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