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GREGORY FOWLER27/02/2008 17:26:00
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what do you do with your sawdust and planer chips?

I have a mechanic friend who is glad of a bag to mop up oil spills but at times I have more than he needs.  I've tried burning it but it does not burn well and the slow smoking annoys the neighbours.  I suspest the local authority dump is unlikely to welcome it for free as being business waste.  Any good tips!

Rob Johnson27/02/2008 18:02:00
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Over the years it has been skipped, burnt (in an old oil drum), given away to stables and at the moment collected by a guy who breaks old cars. We try to get the bags returned to re-use as they cost a lot for the extractor systems. Some people sell the bags of shavings for animal bedding but then people expect for the bags to contain just pine shavings as some timbers may be harmfull to animals. Once worked for a company that had a huge furnace that used up all waste and provided blown air heating for the workshop. In all the choices tend to be rather limited. Are there any gardeners out there who know if it is any good for returning to the earth other than by reducing to ash first?
Elaine29/02/2008 01:16:00
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On the other side of the pond...During the Winter I use the chips and shavings to start fires in the fireplace. Spring through Fall, I mix everything with yard waste to compost it back into the soil. I mix it with grass clippings, leaves, etc.
dennis wake29/02/2008 17:59:00
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hi all

i contacted the local council, as we are on the recycle skeem and they told me that the shavings go in to the general waste bin. so it is worth contacting yours and asking them .

Sparky29/02/2008 20:04:00
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When my clear bags are full after empying the dust bucket, I put them/it out with the dust bins for collection. There always taken away so, try that first and if it works.....Amen
Mike Garnham29/02/2008 23:15:00
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Anybody who composts would appreciate wood shavings, particularly if they have large quantities of grass clippings to deal with. I compost as much as my compost bin will cope with, and trhe rest goes into the "Garden Waste" bin at the local recycling centre, where it will go off for commercial composting before being re-sold as soil improver.

By putting it out for the bin-men, it simply goes to landfill, and all its potential goodness is lost. The quantities were manageable until I bought a planer they sometimes stop me at the recycling centre and ask if it is commercial waste! 

Derek Lane02/03/2008 21:44:00
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if i put my shavings into recycling they refuse to take it because they say it could contain rabbit droppings as people try to put out there shavings from there pets hutches so i have to take it to the local tip myself (does that make sense it ends up as waste which ever way you look at it)
Sparky02/03/2008 22:25:00
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I put mine out for recycling.....clear bags = recycling

Both my compost bins are full and since our dog has ate the grass, we have no other use for it in our garden......nor neighbours

At least I know its going to be re-used one way or other


Olly Parry-Jones03/03/2008 16:58:00
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I take mine to the local tip (recycling centre) and they always tell me to empty the bags in to the Green recycling bin; same as Mike says.

 I believe you can successfully compost most timbers but, there are some - black walnut included - which can be poisonous to plants. Don't know about wildlife though.

 I've always thought that animals require dust-free shavings.

Derek Lane03/03/2008 17:31:00
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 they may need dust free shavings but try to tell our local dustmen

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