Radical Recycling

You can recycle your garden and yard waste in a compost bin made of recycled lumber.

| October/November 2011

  • Recycled Materials Compost Bin
    Construct a compost bin with recycled wood. 
    PHOTO: SALLY DRONE

  • Recycled Materials Compost Bin

Our old redwood deck was rotting from underneath. After removing it and using the better pieces to build a small fence, we still had a pile of tag ends to deal with. What to do with them?

The answer came after attending a composting class presented by the local master gardeners. We trimmed and ripped the remaining boards, found our roll of previously used chicken wire and built a three-bin compost unit. The front slats slide up and out to make turning the compost a cinch. We now have an efficient compost station and used every last board of our old deck.

Sally Drone
Foresthill, California

Massive amounts of old deck and fence wood get burned or put in landfills. Contact fence and deck builders to see about getting some great free wood. — MOTHER 



SILE ELLISON-NICHIONNA
7/15/2012 7:28:10 PM

Great example of recycling.. however, one needs to be careful with pressure treated lumbar, especially if using it for a compost bin or firewood.







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