We hear this a great deal from our customers that color/dye their mulch. In recent years, more customers are screening their mulch before coloring it to save money on dye and lighten up their product for shipping. The fines have a tendency to absorb the dye which results in a huge cost savings if you remove them. We recommend you only remove 75-80% of the fines as having some helps make a superior looking mulch product.
- So what do we do with all those fines?
If you have space, we recommend that you compost them. This will yield a beautiful compost material that you can market.
- What if I don’t have the space to compost though?
In this case we recommend the following options:
- Find a composter nearby looking for wood fines to compost.
- Sell the fines to pellet manufacturing plants.
- Blend the fines with coarser wood for fuel. This will add more weight to your fuel which is normally sold by the ton. Remember, fines turn to ash so do not add too much into your material.
- Wood fines are commonly used for animal bedding so this is also an option you can potentially sell to your local farm or farm supplier.
Before you choose any option above, investigate your process to see why you are yielding so many fines. Maybe you can grind coarser and screen the fines and overs products out. This minimizes the fines and you can regrind the overs. If you have plenty of room then compost the fines and do not worry about it.
If you need to do something with larger pieces of wood, see our article on Maximizing Profit from Wood Waste (after Land Clearing)