Treated Wood

Illegal in Garbage & Drains
Hazardous Waste

Reuse is best when possible. Not accepted curbside or at the RRF

NOTE: Per California State Law  –   Treated Wood Waste  (TWW)   Will  no  Longer  Be  Accepted  at  the  City  of  Santa  Cruz  Resource  Recovery  Facility  (RRF)  after  12/31/2020.     Visit for more information. 


Habitat for Humanity Restore accepts donations of building supplies.

Habitat for Humanity Restore Santa Cruz | 719 Swift St.
Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm


Never Burn Treated Wood

Chemicals such as creosote are used when treating wood, which creates toxic ash and emissions when burned. These particles lodge in soil and groundwater and take many years to break down, so never burn wood if you think it has been treated.


Take Care With Sawdust

Avoid breathing in sawdust from treated wood, and do not add it to compost or scatter on the ground.

Ways to Reduce


Choose a Different Wood

Redwood and cedar are both naturally pest-resistant. Suppliers are also starting to offer more non-toxic treated wood options.

Ways to Reuse


Repurpose for New Project

Certain types of wood products can be reused in a variety of ways. Find out how to repurpose your wood product.