- Do You?
Consider efficient use and cutting of lumber to get the most use
of each piece
Reuse as much as possible for future projects
Use crates and pallets for miscellaneous projects; use as kindling
or fuel in wood stove (some suppliers will take back their pallets
for a refund).
and shavings (from unpainted/untreated lumber) - Do You?
Compost with plant material, use for small animal bedding.
Insulation (all types) - Do You?
Buy only what you will need
U se scraps for future projects. Even small amounts can be used
to insulate pipes, small structures such as pet homes, or small
gaps in larger structures.
Concrete - Do You?
Consult with local authorities to find out if set and dry concrete
without rebar may be crumbled and used as fill.
Save unmixed conrete for future projects, even small amounts can
be used for setting a post or making a weight or anchor.
Drywall ("sheetrock") - Do You?
Acquire only what you need.
Save leftovers for future projects.
Use small amounts for patches and repairs.
Efficient use and cut drywall
to get the most use of each piece.
Crumble unpainted drywall for use as a soil additive.
Metals - Do You?
Recycle with other metal waste (different metals may need to be
Materials - Do You?
Control inventory as described in General Housekeeping.
Use as much waste as possible on other projects.
Containers and Packaging - Do You?
Re-use empty clean containers
for storage of appropriate items.
Return empty containers to the distributor for re-use when possible.
Train students to scrape paint containers clean so they are lawfully
Reuse and recycle paper
and cardboard as recommended under General Housekeeping.
Buy products with as little
packaging as possible.
Separate reusable and recyclable packaging materials from those
that must be disposed of.
Wood Finishing Chemical Waste
finishing chemicals - Do You?
Keep product in original containers.
Keep lids secure and closed tightly to prevent spills and evaporation.
Do not store containers directly on ground or in an area where containers
will corrode. (Store
over spill containing pallets when possible; any water contaminated
with such waste becomes waste itself.)
Teach students proper and efficient application and cleanup
Don’t buy more paint products than you need. Ask your local painting
supply company about regulations in your area, recycling opportunities
and proper disposal methods.
coating materials - Do You?
Call your state EPA or environmental office to determine if coating
material is hazardous. (Dry paint may not be considered hazardous.)
Use coating with high solid content (usually 35% or more), that
require fewer coats.
Teach students proper and efficient application and cleanup techniques.
Consider water-based coatings.
Not buy more paint products than you need.
- Solvents can be expensive, treat them so and conserve them.
Consider less hazardous strippers when possible
Reuse solvents and strippers when possible. (Use dirty solvent to
first loosen wood coating and then proceed with fresh.)
Filter solvents to prolong life.
you must dispose of strippers and solvents:
Utilize a legitimate recycling facility or a permitted hazardous
waste treatment facility.
DO NOT dump them down the drain!
- Do You?
Know if absorbents (sawdust, kitty litter and others) contain materials
that may be hazardous and require special disposal.
Use drip trays and pans to prevent spills.
Use squeegees to recover product and cleanup spills.
Consider using rags that can be wrung out to recover product.
towels/rags - Do You?
Avoid disposable shop rags. Use a shop towel recycling service.
Wring out shop towels into an appropriate waste container to reclaim
solvents and other products (use proper personal protection i.e.:
Avoid chemicals which may hinder laundering of shop towels (i.e.
perchloroethylene and toluene).
Keep clean and dirty shop towels in separate well-labeled containers.
cans - Do You?
Return defective or partially filled cans to supplier instead of
throwing in the trash.
Use refillable spray canisters and bulk paint instead of multiple