Clean Wood Waste Project

The project consists of accepting separated, clean, unpainted and untreated wood and lumber, such as pallets and scrap lumber to be used as compost amendment. Acceptable clean wood waste is accepted free of charge.


This type of material, in the past, has been landfilled at the inert/demolition landfill. The clean wood waste project serves as a beneficial use of these wood waste materials. The wood waste is used in the same manner as the green waste and tree branches are currently being used, becoming amendment for the composting facility. Plywood, wafer board and particle board contain glues and will not be accepted as a part of this project.


The clean wood waste is processed and chipped using a large tub grinder. Materials containing nails and screws are acceptable and can be processed and removed magnetically. Wood waste accepted for this project shall be required to be free of all other metals and foreign materials that could cause damage to the grinding equipment. The processed wood waste materials are then blended with biosolids, creating a finished compost product which is distributed back to the public free of charge.


Clean and separated wood waste is accepted, free of charge, at the Latah Sanitation Solid Waste Processing Facility on Highway 8, five miles east of Moscow from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.