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Ottawa mill to salvage infested ash

The City of Ottawa has enlisted a sawmill in Cumberland to try and salvage some of the wood from trees that were infested with the emerald ash borer.

September 26, 2012  By  John Tenpenny

Ottawa has been looking for ways of disposing the thousands of trees it has had to cut down this year to stop the spread of the invasive beetle.

According to CBC.ca, on Monday it announced it has contracted Ottawa Cedar Lumber to re-use that wood instead of letting it sit at the landfill.

Owner Luc Laplante said he expects two thousand tonnes of ash wood from the city a year — and plans to use all of it. He said he’ll turn what he can into boards, and smaller pieces will become wood pellets for heating, and bark will be sent to co-generation plants in the Outaouais.

Councillor Maria McRae said diverting wood to the sawmill could reduce the tipping fees the city pays at the landfill for waste wood by 30 per cent.


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