Preservatives are added to wood to protect the wood from insect and fungal attack. Traditional waterborne based preservatives (use water as a carrier to transport the chemicals into the wood) utilize copper as the primary fungicide. Common waterborne preservatives include chromated copper arsenate (CCA), micronized copper quat (MCQ), and micronized copper azole (MCA). Although these chemicals are retained by the wood over many years, they do leach slowly over time which cumulatively can impact soil and water. Much of my work in this area has focused on evaluating the environmental impacts of waterborne wood preservatives in the environment.
The current active project in this area is:
- Impacts of Treated Wood in the Florida Disposal Sector. Funded by the Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management.
Please visit the following web sites to see listings of some of our past research projects.
- Research Sponsored by the Bill Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
- Leachability and Harmful Effects of Arsenic, Chromium, and Copper Associated with CCA-Treated Wood
- Innovative Recycling Grant hosted by Florida Wood Recycling (Project #2 – online sorting)
- Innovative Recycling Grant hosted by Florida Wood Recycling (Project #1 – hand sorting)
- Innovative Recycling Grant