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Announcements February 27, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Disposing of deck demolition materials

I am planning to demolish a wooden deck in my backyard. It is beginning to rot and I believe it is built with pressure treated lumber. I have looked at the rules for Fort Totten transfer and don’t see any list that would allow disposal of wooden deck waste which would probably be classified construction debris. Does anyone know how I can dispose of the semi hazardous pressure treated wood waste responsibly and at minimal expense?

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Regarding the hazardous issue, the EPA states that pressure treated wood is not “hazardous” under federal law and “can be disposed of with regular municipal trash (i.e., municipal solid waste, not yard waste) in many areas,” so long as the municipality doesn’t have environmental laws that are stricter than federal law. http://www.epa.gov/oppad001/reregistration/cca/cca_consumer_safety.htm

And regarding Ft. Totten transfer station, I’ve been permitted to dump building debris from my house (including scrap lumber, masonry debris, sheetrock, etc.). As long as the waste materials are from your house and not a job site, and you’re a DC resident (bring ID), they seem to allow the materials to be dumped. Maybe, to be safe, you can take a small amount and see if they let you dump it. Or you could just drive out there during open-to-the-public hours and ask. I’ve never been turned away with anything I’ve brought to dump.

Just get a Bagster from amazon or the homedepot and have them pick it up. http://www.thebagster.com/‎

For me in DC, it costs about $160 or so per bag. They hold a far amount of material and it’s worth avoiding the inconvenience of going to the dump/paperwork.

You could also call Turbohaul or the like, but it’s cheaper/more convenient to go with the bagster.

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