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Wood is one of the best renewable materials. An estimated 4 -5 million tonnes of waste wood is generated in the UK annually from construction and demolition, commercial and industrial and household sources. The term “waste wood” includes all woods and wood-based products that have come to the end of their product lifespan and therefore fall under the definition of waste.
According to the Wood Recyclers Association (hyperlink), “5 million tonnes of waste wood is generated in the UK every year, yet only 1,400,000 tonnes of it is recycled. We want to change that.”
So can wood be recycled?
Most wood waste can be recycled into building material. Reusing and recycling wood ultimately reduces the need to cut down trees.
The products generated from waste wood recycling are used in sectors such as paper production, wood pellets, energy products and more. The rising cost of waste material and a growing consciousness for the environment, contribute to the increasing importance of waste wood recycling. Many believe that by recycling wood waste will decrease the demand for green timber and the environment will see the benefit of this.
How do you recycle wood?
It is important to differentiate between the different types wood so that they can be recycled correctly. The specific wood waste recycling process varies depending upon the type of goods that are being recycled by wood recycling centres and the technologies involved in doing so. Majority of the time, clean wood can be recycled and reused as a new product.
In order to help you separate your wood waste, fit for recycling, J&B Recycling can provide a collection, sorting and recycling service for solid timbers, pallets, furniture, frames and doors, chipboard, MDF, melamine, laminate flooring and worktops. These are recycled into compost, animal bedding, chipped for timber use in Panel Board Mills or converted into energy by blending with other biomass power generation fuels. Whatever is best suited to your business and the amount of wood waste, we can help you.