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Waste is not a word we use often. Logs too small for dimensional lumber are processed into engineered wood products, such as our oriented strand board. We also generate a substantial amount of energy from wood residuals (which we call biomass fuels). And, we actively seek partners and customers to use our wood residuals, who in turn create other useful products. We don't let much go to waste.

Combined, our efforts add up. In 2016, more than 12 billion pounds of our residuals were reused, recycled or diverted from landfills. This amounts to 98 percent of our waste and residuals being beneficially reused or recycled.

We also make the most of each log in our manufacturing process. On average, we use more than 90% of each log.


We work to continuously increase our diversion rates, which is why we set an initial goal to reduce the amount of material we send to landfills by 10 percent (for every unit of production) by 2020 compared with a 2010 baseline. Since setting our goal, we saw large fluctuations in our annual numbers as a result of the relatively small amount of landfill-bound waste we produce, the irregularity of when we send ash to landfills (ash is produced at facilities burning biomass residuals for energy), as well as when capital projects are implemented.

In 2015, we changed how we track waste-related data at our mills. Given the improved accuracy in data collection and the reality that landfill-bound is not steady from year-to-year, we decided to adjust our waste reduction goal. While we will continue to find alternative uses for our residuals and look for ways to decrease our landfill-bound waste, our new, company-wide goal is to establish a more appropriate baseline based on a 5-year trend.

View our residual and waste data