Wood sleepers are spreading disease: they are used as a part of nature because they have a connection between man and nature and because they are functional, they are used in wood, architecture and various landscaping arrangements. But does every wood material feed our eyes and soul, and it is good for our health?
Most of the developed countries answer this question as 'no', which was used in railroad construction but was no longer used by the wooden sleepers, which had been replaced by concrete, by keeping them under control and keeping them under strict control. It may seem strange at first glance to avoid this material from a natural material, but here it is not the feared nature, but the process of protecting the wood from bacteria, fungi and wood beetles with various chemical preservatives.
Due to the conditions of the day, no modern impregnation techniques have been applied in the construction of railway sleepers, nor are the 'green methods' used in the Seljuk period. Among these methods, there are applications such as liqueur, tallow, olive oil and teak oil. All of the preservatives used in these are natural, but unfortunately, the confinement of the enterprises producing them has already disappeared in the face of 2500 pieces of synthetic impregnant.
In our country, the old wooden railway sleepers, which have been replaced with concrete sleepers in the recent years, are given to the public and public institutions, even in the landscaping of parks, gardens, even in water production basins and live tree museums. Travertine, which is considered as 'hazardous waste' with its toxic and carcinogenic feature, is used in our habitats in our habitats, from walking paths to even sitting benches.
What can be done?
If you have used these old wooden sleepers in your garden, either replace them with non-toxic impregnated sleepers or use them at all. But best of all use 'impregnated and durable natural wood material'. Old wooden sleepers are so dangerous that they can be destroyed by burning or burying them. The chemical gases released by burning, if burned, pose a significant threat to both humans and other living things and the remaining ash contains toxic substances. Therefore, urgent measures should be taken to clear old railway sleepers from our living areas.