Wood Processing & Furniture Making

Chapter 4.6: Wood Processing and Furniture Making: Cleaner Production Fact Sheet and Resource Guide

Other Internet and Print Resources


NOTE: Listing of a resource does not constitute USAID endorsement or certificationReferences and Resources

References Used in Preparing This Fact Sheet:


  • “Distillation of Spent/Contaminated Solvents” and “Recovery of Paint Overspray Using a Recovery Screen.” Green Profit (a not-for-profit initiative of BECO Environmental Management, cleaner production consultants based in the Netherlands and Belgium). http://www.greenprofit.net/cases.htmlThe two case studies used from the wood and furniture sector provide concise information on the environmental effects and mitigation measures of specific aspects of the industry. Each case study briefly summarizes one company’s experience using a particular mitigation technique.
  • EPA Office of Compliance Sector Notebook Project: Profile of the Lumber and Wood Products Industry (1995a). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). September. http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/publications/assistance/sectors/notebooks/lmbrwdsnpt1.pdfThis sector notebook provides a comprehensive assessment of the lumber and wood products industry. The publication is one of a series of sector publications published by the EPA and posted on the EPA Web site.
  • EPA Office of Compliance Sector Notebook Project: Profile of the Wood Furniture and Fixtures Industry (1995b). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/publications/assistance/sectors/notebooks/wdfurnsn.pdfThis is another of the EPA’s series of sector publications.
  • “Improved Wood Processing Saves Money and Forest Resources.” Winrock International http://www.winrock.org/volunteer/reed/ftf/mercury.htmThis success story was culled from the Winrock Volunteer News and Information section of the Web site. The feature articles provide useful information about Winrock’s volunteer projects.
  • “Integrated Life Cycle of Wood: Tree Quality, Processing and Recycling.” U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/research/rwud/rwud/rwud_4702.pdfThis project description is structured as a government report. The scope of the project is national, but the themes addressed could be relevant to other countries that have a substantial wood processing industry.
  • Pollution Prevention and Abatement Handbook: Wood Preserving (1998). World Bank Group. July. This handbook was prepared to update and replace the 1988 World Bank Environmental Guidelines. http://www.miga.org/documents/WoodPreserving.pdfThis handbook can be downloaded, section by section, from the above Web site. The Industry Sector Guidelines cover 40 industries, including wood preserving.


Other Resources:


  • Best Practices in Wood Waste Recycling (1997). Clean Washington Center. http://www.cwc.org/wood_bp.htmThis note offers detailed and technical information on wood waste recycling as it relates to sourcing, processing and product manufacturing.
  • Susilo, Kasru and Achmad Djani. Cleaner Production Assessment at an Indonesian Plywood Facility: A Case Study (1997). Forum KMB Indonesia (Indonesian Pollution Prevention Roundtable). http://www.encapafrica.org/documents/Cleaner_Production_Plywood_fac.pdfThis paper discusses how cleaner production diagnosis and assessment was conducted for one of six plywood facilities, located in East Kalimantan, Indonesia.