Wood Recycling & Sustainability

“We’re basically just a big recycler with a focus on wood.”

– John Leber, Past President, Swanson Bark and Wood Products

While that description isn’t technically accurate, it breaks what we do everyday down to its simplest form. Our focus is on taking wood waste and turning it into something useful. Whether it becomes firewood, mulch, soils or even biomass fuel, we are committed to producing natural products from sustainable sources.

We follow strict government regulations and accept millions of pounds of raw material that would otherwise be costly to dispose of. Then we convert that material into natural products that give back to the environment.


Swanson Biomass - Wood Recycling & Sustainability

Wood as fuel

Recycled wood waste is used to produce biomass. Biomass can be burned for heat and power or converted into other usable forms of energy. This is just another way to produce clean energy and reduce waste.

Swanson Members - Wood Recycling & Sustainability

Doing our homework

Swanson Bark & Wood Products is a member of the Washington State Recycling Association (WSRA) and the Washington Organic Recycling Council (WORC). Swanson employees have served on the board of directors of the WORC and USCC, as well as other boards.



Swanson is an Elite Bulk Member of the Mulch & Soil Council.

We are also a member of the Lower Columbia Contractors Association, the Federation of Small Businesses, the Oregon Association of Nurserymen, the Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, National Federation of Independent Business, Association of Washington Businesses, the Cowlitz Economic Development Council, the Washington State Nursery & Landscapers Association, and Vigilant, Counsel for Employers.

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    Elite Bulk Member of the Mulch & Soil Council

    Proud member of the Mulch & Soil Council. A special recognition for demonstrating good industry business, production and control practices.

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