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Untreated Wood (Lumber)


Has the lumber been stained? Has it been chemically treated? Has it been pressure treated or painted? Does it have other large hardware attached? If you answered yes to any of these questions, your lumber is treated and cannot be recycled. Plain (untreated) lumber and wood can be recycled, find out more below.

What's the best option for managing my untreated wood (lumber)?


Try looking into lumber made out of recycled plastic instead of wood.  Often, recycled plastic is just as durable as wood lumber and the finished product looks great!


Get creative.  Find ways to reuse the untreated wood.  Upcycle into fun new projects like birdhouse or bookshelves. For more waste reduction tips, tricks and crafts click here.


Untreated wood can be recycled. There is a special area for collection of untreated wood at the Waste and Recycling Centre - please ask scale house operator for directions on site. Wood containing a small amount of screws or nails (like pallets) are acceptable at the Waste and Recycling Centre.


If the wood is treated, there is a special area for collection at the Waste and Recycling Centre - please ask scale house operator for directions on site.

If the pieces of treated wood are small enough, they can be put in your black cart. 

If the pieces are to large for your black cart and you are unable to come to the Waste and Recycling Centre, you can call 311 and request a Large Item Service pick-up. For more information about Large Item Service click here.

For more information

Online: Submit a service request
Phone: 311 or 403-320-3111 (if outside of Lethbridge)
Address:  City Hall, 910 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 0P6