We have been surprised at how much wood waste has been generated at our construction site. We had expected to see on the waste pile pieces that are too short to use and the bent or broken pieces but, in addition, we are seeing many boards and sheets of plywood that seem to be perfectly fine with the exception of a few nails in them or perhaps not quite the right size. We are told that the cost per hour of framing crews is too much for them to spend time taking nails out of boards neither is it worth the cost for our contractor’s crew to move pieces from site to site.
So, rather than have the waste wood carted to the dump or burnt we are collecting and storing them back at the Cottage, with the permission of our contractor. We see many uses for them over the next year:
- boxes for Andrew’s bee hives
- a tree fort the parents have promised the grandchildren
- temporary livestock shelters we hope to build
- firewood for the two wood stoves in the Cottage and the in our new house
All together, we have at least a few hundred dollars worth of wood ready and waiting for these projects. Another sustainable farming project!