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[GreenYes] Re wooden crates reuse
Dear Jean Ann,
  In a discard composition study I did for the Navy, I found that many of 
their crates were made of hardwood, including tropical hardwoods, that would 
be great material for deluxe furniture, woodworking, crafts, and so on.  It 
would be a crime to mulch this material. 
  There is a growing number of wood reclaimer companies and organizations 
that specialize in reuse of quality wood extracted from deconstruction, 
pallets, etc.   Though the following CA outfits might be too far from you for 
shipping to make sense, they may know of other companies you could try.  It's 
worth some calls:

1.  Community Woodworks in Oakland, CA <www.communitywoodworks.org>, ph  
510-835-7690, specializes in reclaiming salvaged high quality lumber, which 
they denail, mill, etc, for use as hardwood flooring, raw material for 
furniture, etc.

  The CA Integrated Waste Management Board has a database of recycling & 
reuse companies called RecycleStore on their website 
<www.ciwmb.ca.gov/RecycleStore>.  This listing includes a number of wood 
reuse companies, including the following which I got from a quick scan under 
building materials and furniture (there are probably more...take a look):

2.  Jefferson Recycled Woodworks, McCloud, CA
    http://www.ecowood.com  ph  530-964-2740

3.  Asia Rain, McCloud, CA
    http://www.asiarainhardwoods.com    ph  530-964-2160

4.  EcoTimber, San Rafael, CA
    http://www.ecotimber.com        ph  888-801-0855

5.  The Wooden Duck, Berkeley, CA
    http://www.thewoodenduck.com    ph  510-848-3575

6.  Sawdust Handcrafted Furniture, Trinidad, CA
    ph  707-677-1622        
  
  Good luck.

Gretchen Brewer
Earth Circle
San Diego, CA
619-298-7626

On Dec. 5, 2002, you wrote:

From: "jholt" <jholt@imagemicro.com>
To: <greenyes@grrn.org>
Subject: [GreenYes] wooden crates
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2002 16:06:51 -0600

My company is now taking all the wood waste from a large local company to 
recycle it and keep it out of the landfills...I have an abundance of 
once-used wooden crates of a variety of sizes.  Like 2 x 2 x 2 to the size of 
a shed.  I tried contacting vermicomposters to no avail.

Anyone out there know of any uses for crates?  They are in pristine 
condition, and we would hate to turn them into mulch (landfilling is NOT an 
option).
 
Thanks in advance for any advice.

Jean Ann Holt
Senior Project Manager, Recycling Division
Image Microsystems, Inc. 
(Total Supply Chain Logistics)
Austin, TX
512-531-6602 voice
512-339-9592 fax  
 
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