Reclaimed ties are processed and distributed through our network of facilities. They are sold as railroad infrastructure or repurposed to be used in landscaping. Omaha Track also processes over two million wood crossties per year with 70 percent of those ties recycled as biomass.
Wood is biogenic, rather than fossil fuel and considered carbon neutral. Use of wood fuels therefore does not increase Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.
Some states have beneficial use rules in place that reduce the regulatory burden associated with reuse or burning of crossties, thereby encouraging alternatives to landfilling. For example, in some states, the use of crossties as landscaping timbers is a pre-approved beneficial use