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SUSTAINABILITY
RECYCLING
WHOLE ORCHARD
Peek into the practice of
whole orchard recycling -
its inception, benefits and
resources to get started
BY GABRIELLE DENGLER
CONTRIBUTING WRITER
W
hat does a grower do when the productive life
of an orchard has reached its end? Clear the
old trees and prepare for the new. In the past,
growers have gone through processes of tree removal that
involve agricultural burning or simply giving their chipped
biomass to cogeneration plants to use as power. With
growing concerns and regulations concerning air quality, and
plants no longer accepting biomass, growers are left to find
alternative tree removal solutions.
Whole orchard recycling (WOR) is a tree removal method
that recycles the old trees back into the land. It involves
chipping or grinding the trees, then incorporating the
chipped trees back into the field as topsoil before replanting.
It is a simple and sustainable concept that offers a clean and
zero waste alternative to burning or cogeneration processing.
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