Safely Dispose of Used Railroad Ties
Used railroad ties are usually treated with creosote, a tar oil. This biocide is classified as a carcinogen. It is absorbed through the skin and contaminates groundwater. In addition to the impregnating agents, other problematic residues such as oil, rust or herbicides may be found in the wood.
The SuperDrecksKescht® fir Bierger collects the ties from the consumer free of charge upon request. Only wooden ties are collected. They must be disassembled and properly stacked for forklift removal. (For example, ties may be stacked on a palette or a square timber.)
- Wear appropriate gloves when handling ties. In case of old, brittle ties, we also recommend wearing a dust mask.
- Never use railroad ties as firewood.
The wooden ties are processed from the SuperDrecksKëscht® via the partner Oekolux to the special company BHKW Flohr in Germany (Neuwied). There they are – after a pre-treatment – utilised in a thermal power plant for biomass. This process generates electricity and district heating.
Railway ties contain components that are hazardous to the environment and health ! We take care of it !