Urban forests in the United States produce an estimated 200 million cubic yards of residue annually, according to The Urban Hardwood Recovery Project. Tree removals due to pests, storms, and safety hazards are creating these vast amounts of urban “waste” wood. In addition, removing this urban wood to a landfill can take up a significant portion of an urban forester’s budget and reduce longevity of landfills. Overall, wood waste accounts for about 17 percent of the total waste received at municipal solid waste landfills in the United States, according to the Forest Products Laboratory of the Forest Service.
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