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|Recycling power poles and bridge timbers|
|Saturday, 10 May 2008 00:00|
TDA has commenced a project funded by the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change to increase recycling of redundant hardwood power poles and bridge timbers in NSW. The project was motivated by reports from NSW and Queensland timber recyclers that road managers and certain NSW power distribution companies were throwing away rather than recycling perfectly good hardwood.
TDA has found that there are currently more than 68 kilometres of timber road and rail bridges in NSW, with 60% managed by local government and 40% managed by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC). Only a small number of timber bridges are managed by the RTA. On average, 3% of timber road bridges and 6-11 rail bridges are replaced each year.
TDA is working with one of the major timber recyclers on the North Coast of NSW to educate the RTA, local councils and other power distribution companies in best practice recycling.
The best quality treated and untreated redundant hardwood poles are first 'shorn' of any creosote and CCA treated outer sapwood. They are then recycled into high value flooring products. Some of the finished products have taken pride of place in Integral Energy's head office in western Sydney.