Treated Wood Waste Now Regulated as Hazardous Waste by Cal EPA

Attn: Neal Road Recycling & Waste Facility (NRRWF) Customers

Effective January 1, 2021 California law prohibits the disposal of treated wood waste in the NRRWF. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control now regulates treated wood waste as a hazardous waste material. This new law creates challenges for hundreds of solid waste facility operators, and local communities, within California. At NRRWF we are researching practical options for our customers and the Butte County community.

What is treated wood?

Two main groups of treated wood preservatives, water-based and oil-based, are generally familiar to consumers. Wood treated with water-based preservatives are widely used and commonly utilized in residential, commercial, marine, agriculture, recreational, and industrial applications. Many of these products are available at local hardware stores and used in the fencing and decking industries. Wood treated with oil-based preservatives is primarily used to preserve utility poles, pilings, fence posts, and railroad ties.

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