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Posted on: May 27, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Waste to Wood: A Partnership for Sustainable Poplar Lumber

Coming this spring for the first time ever, poplar lumber from the Biocycle Farm will be available for purchase in the BRING store. This partnership brings sustainability full circle, from waste to wood products ready for use by local builders. 

The Biocycle Farm is a 400-acre tree farm that uses recycled water and biosolids recovered from wastewater generated in our community to irrigate and fertilize poplar trees. High-quality fertilizer is produced by a treatment process that includes three years of processing, followed by filter-pressing and drying, before the biosolids are land-applied where they enrich the soil. This cycle includes further processing by the poplar tree root systems, including absorption of nutrients and phytoremediation. 

Poplar, though not as common as other tree lumber in the Northwest, is a versatile material that can be used in a variety of ways. Local builders, craftspeople, and architects love this lightweight and light-colored wood. It is easy to work with, holds a variety of stains, and looks great with a clear coat. Since the initial harvest in 2013, biocycle poplar has had a wide range of uses, including locally made ceiling panels that adorn the Library Meeting Room at Springfield’s City Hall. The Wastewater Division values being sound stewards of the environment and partnering with other community members to bring sustainability full circle!

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