Its a win win

I recently made a nice pair of doors and frame, traditional joinery that I don't undertake that often now, though it is good to keep my hands in and I know the clients well. 

Its fantastic working with wood, its pliable, mouldable and can be made into nearly anything. The workshop fills up with dust, not so good, and I smell wonderful, definitely good, with the aroma of the timber.

Timber has to be rough sawn to size and planed and thicknessed to the finished sections, and this produces huge volumes of wood chippings, that aerate and fill up a van full of bags of waste.

Timber chippings 

Timber chippings 

Up to recently I had to pay for these to be disposed of in a skip.  Undoubtedly these days skips contents are sorted and recycled as much as possible though I doubt that the timber chippings are easy to extract from the pile of waste.  It is expensive, working out to about £5 for every bag that is disposed of.

In the summer my wife got chatting to a company that produces food digesters at a county show and it turns out that digesters require a quantity of sawdust or timber pellets mixed in with the food waste to help absorb the moisture so that the machine can produce a good compost. 

And they had supplied our local primary school with one to deal with the unused cooked food that they need to dispose of each day, and helping to keep their flowers and veg plots well nourished.

Food waste

Food waste

The digester

The digester

Now I drive the timber chippings the couple hundred metres to the school for them to feed their digester with.  It saves the school from buying in wood pellets and saves me the cost of disposing of what is a really useful by product.

Its a win win.