DIVERTING WASTE FROM LANDFILLS
Every year, the US buries 33 million tons of wood-related construction and demolition debris in landfills, releasing 5 million tons of methane gas. Methane, by the way, releases 20 times more carbon than CO2 alone.
Overall, wood accounts for around 10% of ALL material deposited in landfills annually. (source)
Wood recycling rates are a dismal 31%. If you subtract the wood that is burned and mulched rather than reused, it drops to just 8%. As a comparison, concrete and structural steel recycling rates are over 82%.