Environmentally responsible construction: Community wood recycling

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This research information sheet examines how businesses can adopt a more environmentally responsible approach to building.

This research information sheet features Integra (Brighton) Ltd as a case study for community wood recycling. 

Integra was established in 1990 with a goal of servicing the construction needs of Sussex and the South East of England with a focus on environmental and social responsibility. In just five years after its inception, Integra diverted over 400 tonnes of wood waste from landfill for recycling and re-use.

Contents:

  • The achievement
  • Background
  • Working with local timber recyclers
  • The wood waste problem
  • Table 1: Integral wood waste disposal figures
  • Table 2: Cheesmur building contractors wood waste disposal figures

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