These Tips From Todd Shupe
Can Help You Properly Dispose Of
With warmer weather on the way for much of the U.S., the time-honored tradition of “spring cleaning” will soon be upon us. This means we’ll have an opportunity to get outdoors once again and assess the damage done by winter. When it comes to outdoor structures such as patios, porches, treehouses and other wooden structures, rot is almost guaranteed. This is an unfortunate fact since so much of the lumber that’s purchased to build outdoor structures – not to mention the frames of our homes – is treated with preservative chemicals to extend their lifespans and give them a fighting chance against deterioration. Todd Shupe, a wood sciences expert who spent years leading a professional lab, has thus learned a few things about what to do with rotting wood that isn’t absolutely environmentally unfriendly.
While with LSU, Todd Shupe oversaw a laboratory that performed tests on wood products and biocides to gain approval and/or registration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Shupe was directly responsible for final reports, internal quality control, working with third-party auditors and more. His data and document control and workflow were crucial for ensuring that smart solutions to new and existing chemically-treated wood were developed. As the holder of a Ph.D. in wood science from LSU, Todd Shupe knows solutions to preservative-treated wood are currently in the works. At the same time, he knows that sending these scraps to landfills only means that the CCA used during pressure-treating – which contains copper, chromim, and arsenic – does not belong in the soil beneath our feet. That’s why he thoroughly encourages readers to find sensible solutions to disposing of hazardous goods after their spring clean-up has wrapped up.
Meet the Author
Todd Shupe is the President of DrToddShupe.com and is a well recognized expert on wood-based housing and wood science. Shupe worked as a professor and lab director at LSU for over 20 years. He is active in several ministries including his Christian blog ToddShupe.com. Todd is the Secretary of the Baton Rouge District of United Methodist Men, Database Coordinator for Gulf South Men, and volunteer for the Walk to Emmaus, Grace Camp, Iron Sharpens Iron, Open Air Ministries, HOPE Ministries food pantry. Todd is currently preparing to be a Men’s Ministry Specialist through the General Commission of United Methodist Men.