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Handling & Disposal

While ProWood® lumber and products are safe for people and animals, and earth friendly, it's important to follow several tips when working with any treated wood, including ProWood lumber:

Handling Recommendations:

  • Only use ProWood that is visibly clean and free of surface residue for patios, decks and walkways.
  • Do not burn ProWood.
  • Avoid prolonged inhalation of ProWood sawdust. When sawing, sanding or machining wood, wear a dust mask.
  • When power-sawing and machining ProWood, wear goggles.
  • Wear gloves.
  • At the end of each work session, clean up and dispose of all sawdust and construction debris, wash exposed areas of your body thoroughly, and wash your work clothes separately from other household clothing.

ProWood uses which are not recommended include:

  • Areas where ProWood may come into direct or indirect contact with drinking water, except incidental contact such as freshwater docks and bridges.
  • Areas where ProWood may become a component of food, animal feed or beehives.
  • Mulch for gardens or farming.

Things to remember when fastening ProWood MCA treated lumber:

  • There's no need for special fasteners. Use hot-dip galvanized or other fasteners as recommended by building codes.
  • Aluminum building products can be placed in direct contact with ProWood, however, aluminum contact is not recommended when ProWood products are immersed in water or are subject to frequent and prolonged wetting or other severe exposure conditions. In such cases, a moisture-resistant protective barrier should be placed between the aluminum products and ProWood.

Caring for ProWood is easy. Just keep in mind:

  • Mold growth may occur on any surface. While ProWood has been treated to help resist fungal growth, nothing can entirely prevent mold. Should mold growth occur, remove it from ProWood by simply washing it away with soap and water.

Disposal Recommendations

ProWood that is no longer usable — such as cutoffs, broken boards, sawdust or any product that has been taken out of use — may be disposed of in landfills. It should not be burned in open fires, in stoves, in fireplaces or in residential boilers.

Refer to ProWood Safe Handling Information (pdf – 102 KB) for more details.