While Sharefest offers a wide array of recycling and reuse options, the newest addition to the 2012 event being held on September 8 at Spencer School, is the collection of wood. A company that recycles a variety of construction and demolition building materials is generously donating its services to Will County and New Lenox’s Sharefest organization. Residents are welcome to bring all types of wood from clean, left over pieces of two by fours to unwanted landscape railroad ties. This includes plywood or pressed wood, lumber, etc., with or without nails.
K Hoving will take the mixed wood to their facility in West Chicago, where it will be sorted for reuse, recycling and biomass fuel. Biomass is a broad term used to describe a process that uses renewable materials (such as corn stalks, switch grass, treated or painted wood, etc) and incinerates it for energy. It is considered a renewable energy source, unlike oil, natural gas or coal. However, it can still create air pollution like those non-renewable sources. Therefore, it is not considered “clean” energy.
Will County and the State of Illinois Department of Economic Opportunity’s Recycling Division do not consider biomass recycling. It is a higher use of a product once destined for the landfill and therefore an acceptable "waste diversion."
As the world continues to diversify energy sources to reduce reliance on terrorist supporting nations, increase economic stability and meet ever increasing energy demands, biomass energy has emerged as a true energy source. The next time you find yourself with some left over wood, consider the option to recycle it by checking Will County's greenest website - willcountygreen.com. The possibilities for it to continue to be a useful product, instead of a waste, are endless!