Waste Management

West Fraser lumber stacked up in boxes
  • We continue to reduce the amount of wood going to landfill, down 11% in 2018
  • We recover 2.9 million cubic metres of woody material from our lumber manufacturing and use it to generate carbon-neutral, biomass energy (89% of our mills generate energy from wood residuals)
  • Effluent and waste water reporting can be found on our Water Use page

The woody material generated as a byproduct of the manufacturing process is converted into agricultural products for local sale such as bark mulch, animal bedding, and soil enhancer (fertilizer).

West Fraser facilities operate recycling programs to track, re-use and recycle consumable products to reduce landfill waste. We aim to utilize recycling and return programs and services available in the regions where we operate. These programs include the re-use materials, leverage supplier take back programs and incorporate training and orientation of new employees so that all employees understand and can participate in facility recycling programs. These programs include standard items such as office paper and cardboard but also a variety of materials used in our offices, machine shops and moving equipment such as oily rags, fluorescent light bulbs, toner cartridges, computer equipment, batteries, anti-freeze, plastic (where accepted) and scrap steel.

See our Environmental Policy about our approach and commitment to operating responsibly.