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We are a commercial hops farm in southern NSW and are expanding our hops field. We currently use metal poles but would like to switch to wood. We grow organically so unfortunately the use of standard treated pine isn't an option. We would love to use a recycled product as the first option. I just came across the article "Protocols for recycling redundant utility poles and bridges in NSW" and saw that 10 000 - 12 500 poles a year get replaced. I was wondering how many of these are heat treated and also if it is possible to purchase this product?

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The ‘redundant utility poles and bridges’ referred to are generally large-section poles, as used in electricity distribution. We don’t have a contact for the purchase of these poles but feel they might be a little large for your purposes. Perhaps a good place to start your inquiries would be the Junk Map, a website that gives details of timber recyclers in NSW. The website can be accessed here: https://www.thejunkmap.com.au/portfolio/recycled-timber-specialists-in-nsw

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We are a commercial hops farm in southern NSW and are expanding our hops field. We currently use metal poles but would like to switch to wood. We grow organically so unfortunately the use of standard treated pine isn't an option. We would love to use a recycled product as the first option. I just came across the article "Protocols for recycling redundant utility poles and bridges in NSW" and saw that 10 000 - 12 500 poles a year get replaced. I was wondering how many of these are heat treated and also if it is possible to purchase this product?

Woodsolutions Answer +

The ‘redundant utility poles and bridges’ referred to are generally large-section poles, as used in electricity distribution. We don’t have a contact for the purchase of these poles but feel they might be a little large for your purposes. Perhaps a good place to start your inquiries would be the Junk Map, a website that gives details of timber recyclers in NSW. The website can be accessed here: https://www.thejunkmap.com.au/portfolio/recycled-timber-specialists-in-nsw

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In light of reducing our company's environmental footprint, we are looking for a wood mdf/particleboard producer that can use our sawdust. 

Woodsolutions Answer +

We don’t have any definite contacts for you and our impression is that most producers of MDF and particleboard are integrated companies that use their own sawmilling waste. Also, depending where you are located it might not be commercially viable to transport sawdust to a particleboard or MDF plant. However, we suggest you make your own inquiries as we have not looked into this in depth. You might also investigate the viability of sending your waste to producers of fuel pellets, more info here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-03-08/wa-wood-pellet-plant-recomissioned/8333208.

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