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

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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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I had to remove a large yellowbox on my property in April 2017. Being such a large straight specimen, 1200 mm diameter trunk @ 16 meters long before the crown , I could not bare to turn it into firewood. I had it milled to various sections, all 7 meters long & have stored it correctly for drying. Controls from the milled timber were weighed & measured every month.

Now fully seasoned, I wanted to use it for structural timber in a building on the property. This will require compliance to local building codes. How do I go about getting the timber signed off for use & are there any independent inspectors or labs?

Woodsolutions Answer +

Your best contact in Sydney would be Timber Inspection Pty. Ltd. The NSW Forestry Commission used to do timber grading and inspections, but they closed the service and the inspectors formed a private company. You can find them on the net at this address: http://www.timberinspection.com.au. To find a grader in Melbourne you could contact Timber Training at Creswick. They have a website atwww.timbertrainingcreswick.com.au. Since they run courses on visual stress grading they should be able to put you in touch with a timber grader. If you are located in some other part of the country, let us know and we may be able to suggest other qualified graders

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