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How to upcycle and recycle old fence posts

How to upcycle and recycle old fence posts

A new fence brings beauty, functionality and enhanced privacy to your outdoor space, replacing the worn-out model you currently have. In the process of giving your garden a fresh new look, you may be unsure what to do with the old fence posts. Luckily, as society has become more conscious of the impacts of recycling and waste production, it may not surprise you to learn that there are many ingenious ways to both upcycle and recycle your old fence posts. Here are a few ways you can find some worth in your old wood.

First of all, don’t burn the wood. This is because some fence wood is treated with chemicals to prolong its lifespan – burning this chemically-treated wood can release toxic fumes into the atmosphere.

How to upcycle fence posts

With some imagination and a little DIY know-how, there are limitless uses for old fence posts. Here at a few repurposing ideas to get the creative juices flowing.

Shoe rack

Visit hallways across the country and you will see mountains of shoes piled in a disorganised heap. Now is your chance to solve that problem and keep you hallway tidy with no expense.


Whether you’re seeking a rustic look for your kitchen, or are in need of a worktable for your garage, fence posts are already sturdy, durable, and often well-finished enough to transform then into a usable table.  


For a more off-the-wall route, why not transform your old fencing into a unique headboard for your bed?


Exercise your craft skills and create some wooden ornaments to adorn inside or outside your home. With a lick of paint, and some wood cutting skills, you can craft owls, animals, door signs, photograph frames, and much more.

How to recycle fence posts

Bring them to a recycling centre

If you’re not DIY savvy, the easy solution is to take the fence posts along to your local recycling centre – check ahead to ensure there are no restrictions on the quantity of waste or the types of accepted vehicles.

Enlist the help of the council

Depending on the policies of your local council, there may be clearance services available to you – to be sure, enquire with your local authority.


This website is a grassroots, not-for-profit network that enables anybody to advertise any recyclable materials or products they want to give away. By advertising your old fence posts on this website, not only can you get them off your hands but you can also transfer them over to a new home and to an owner who actually has a use for them.

In need of high quality fencing materials for your garden project? Naybur Brothers have over 70 years’ experience of providing premier landscaping supplies to customers across Potters Bar, Enfield and Barnet. We provide a variety of fencing options and styles, including wooden fencing, feather edge fencing, and railway sleepers. To find out more, simply contact our team today.


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