Product Development · Chemical engineering

Any ideas on any products that can be developed from large waste streams of MDF and resinated dust?

Korey Snead Vice-President at K. R. Snead Trucking, Inc.

September 2nd, 2015

We handle a large amount of MDF sawdust and other resinated wood dusts and have access to plenty more. Any idea on any types of products that can be created from these waste streams?

Peter Johnston Businesses are composed of pixels, bytes & atoms. All 3 change constantly. I make that change +ve.

September 2nd, 2015

Why not turn it into a substrate for 3D printing? With the right handling it could turn into a host of "wooden" products.


September 2nd, 2015

We should talk. I have an idea that will play well to your vertical, fill a possible 17 billion dollar problem in your industry using the MDF board. If you like it and want to move forward with it, we can come to some sort of arrangement.

David Still Founder of Start-ups, Entrepreneur, Financier and Advisor

September 2nd, 2015

Dear Korey,

I know absolutely nothing about your business, which is normal for most of us. It is staggering how much we do not know even in the space where we are considered experts. Humbling!

I just Googled:

1. "Uses for large waste streams of MDF and resinated dust" and got 784,000 results;

2. "Who produces products for large waste streams of MDF and resinated dust?" and got  688  results;

3. "Competitors for products from large waste streams of MDF and resinated dust?" and got  327 results; and

4, "Consultants for products from large waste streams of MDF and resinated dust?"  and got  547 results.

Somewhere in the mess is a nugget(s). Those results and Internet alerts that you set for future results are a treasure hunt designed to make you think about the answers that best suit your sensibilities. Also, I  suspect  that if you review 10-Ks, annual reports or other public information on large companies who are in your space - they are  remarkably  open about what they do. This input is great. Try to stay under the radar of the big Bears and find  undeserved  market  niches where your win rate is high and pricing firmer.

I am a disciple of:

"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." - Aristotle

"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge." - Stephen Hawking

The answer is in your educated, experienced imagination and willingness to put very hard work into your treasure hunt - you, yourself. We all have to do that. I am impressed with your  initiative.A great on-point strategic book that opens minds on these issues may be: Andrew Grove (co-founder of Intel), Only the Paranoid Survive: How to Identify and Exploit the Crisis Points that Challenge Every Business, Doubleday-Random House, 1996, New York, NY

I apologize for being so basic; I have just been seeking the best answers for similar questions for too many decades.

Good luck! David

Andrew Lockley Investments & consulting for tech startups

September 3rd, 2015

Insulation panels, combustible wood pellets, fermentation for biofuels, dissolve out and recycled the glue, animal bedding, oil spill remediation, cleaning up sick and wee in nightclubs, kindling, containing frag or bullet fragments on ranges, bales for protection from falls bumps and knocks, piling up building sites to protect surfaces from objects falling from height, making artificial snow, rebind to create a decorative surface finish

Lauren Calahan Founder and Executive Director at LEAP Education Programs

September 3rd, 2015

I hope that you are incredibly environmentally conscious as your need can have a tremendous impact, positive and negative, on not only the environment, but peoples foods, pets, etc.. Here is a link i found - but i assume you have already read the basics. Looks like you are not alone in this questions or quest for a solution and i wish you luck in joining a cause that has huge ramifications. Lauren Lauren Calahan LEAP Education Programs 203-655-0112

Korey Snead Vice-President at K. R. Snead Trucking, Inc.

September 3rd, 2015

Thanks everyone for the responses. Please anyone with serious ideas private message me. We don't have to worry about the big boys in this sector, my families company is the go-to for several international companies' plants in the mid-Atlantic for recycling for this material. Of course we only service 5 states, but the problem with the waste is national if not international: So any product that could be developed from it could be scaleable if demand was there to utilize more.

I know very little about 3D printing: What characteristics does a feed stock for 3-D printing need to have? Is it simply a composite plastic extruded in a noodle?

Ann Edminster Instructor, Sustainable Building Advisor Program

September 3rd, 2015

Hi, Korey -- Here are a few random thoughts: - compost/mulch - use to soak up spills - cat litter pellets - low-grade panel materials, e.g., for use in backing for picture frames Cheers, Ann 650-355-9150 [image:] author of Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet , SBA Program instructor *sign up for the new SBA program -

David Still Founder of Start-ups, Entrepreneur, Financier and Advisor

September 3rd, 2015


Having faced this matter several times, I would point out the natural inclination is to read a recommendation that makes imminent tactical sense and run with it. I recommend being patient and reviewing all of your options before making a decision. I have a long list of making personal mistakes on these activities.

Jonathan Lu Operator and Turnaround Investor

September 3rd, 2015

Very interesting question!
It's unlikely that your MDF waste stream would be suitable for 3D-printing - even if you could separate out sawdust from the urea-formaldehyde component to a high enough purity level without damage, you're unlikely to find a system that could use it as a feedstock.  The majority of conventional 3D printing technologies are meant for thermoplastic polyolefins since they are re-shapeable in nature (urea-formaldehyde as a thermoset is not).  My suggestion: sawdust (as a form of cellulose) has a high energy capture, so you could direct this effluent stream to incineration as a means to generate power for a different operation.  You'll need a pretty reliable system of screen/filters/scrubbers to capture the other portion, which could then be sold for use as an adhesive tackifier.

3D printing is possible (but not probable given ppm-level purity requirements) for your resinated wood dusts, though this is far from the only use.  Assuming that the resin is PP, PETE, PS, or many others, there are plenty of companies you could sell the scrap plastic portion to that would convert it into new resin.  Similar to your MDF stream, you could also direct this waste stream for energy capture (of the cellulosic portion) and to separate out the plastic component for recycle.

I strongly applaud your efforts to recycle waste streams... but do keep in mind the need to conduct a full engineering analysis regardless of what you do.  It's possible that the process by which to separate components of your effluent streams may require putting in more energy than you get back out (same goes for cost).

Ruby Sahiwal Chairman, Escalon Services, Inc.

September 4th, 2015

MDF waste could be used as feedstock for wood pellets depending upon impurity levels etc. In addition, it can be used as fuel for MDF operations as well. Message me directly if you would like to discuss.