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RIDDLE, Ore. - The very first Walker Derocker has been at the C & D Lumber Mill for four years now. It breaks down the mill's log waste into rocks, soil, and hog fuel.
About a month ago, the two creators of the machine, Jim Walker and Mike Morris, had it patented.
They said they believe this machine could make the lives of saw mills so much easier in so many ways.
It would be a more convenient way to dispose of their log waste, it would save them money by giving them the ability to reuse the rocks the waste creates instead of paying to have rocks hauled in, and it would help them legally. Legally, the log waste by itself is considered toxic waste to be disposed of by the Department of Environmental Quality, but when separated into three marketable categories, it's perfectly acceptable.
”It’s making a waste product that was just being stored or hauled off as failed or something else that was unusable…it’s making it so that it can be reused. So in a way it’s more ecological," said Morris.
Morris and Walker are currently in the process of developing a second machine, which they said will be mobile.
They said they're looking forward to seeing how this will spread throughout the nation and beyond and how it will create convenience for saw mills.