Recovering and minimising waste wood

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Wood and wood-based products are used in a wide range of applications, some with service lives of many decades before they enter the waste stream. However, it is only since the mid-1990s that an industry has emerged to recycle waste wood, where qualities such as a low moisture content compared with virgin wood have made recycled wood fibre popular for a variety of applications.

This Wood Information Sheet (WIS) is an overview of the subject with signposts to more detailed sources that are listed at the end.

 

Contents:

  • Waste wood arisings
  • Forms of waste wood
  • Options for recovered waste wood
  • The need to reduce landfill
  • Disposal considerations
  • Present and future markets for waste wood
  • The development of the biomass market
  • The future of wood recycling

 

This WIS was fully revised in May 2020 to reflect current industry methods and procedures, as well as the latest facts and figures relating to waste wood in the UK.

Suggested Reading

Burning issuesnavigation-arrow

TRADA Technology wood waste experts Miles Brown, Dr Andrew Pitman and Dr Vic Kearley provide a summary of the information contained in TRADA's recent Construction Briefings on wood as biomass.

Article from the TRADA Timber Industry Yearbook 2012

01/01/2012 |  Magazine Article  

From waste to resourcenavigation-arrow

Miles Brown analyses the number that show a more than tenfold increase in wood recycling since the mid 1990s.

Article from the TRADA Timber Industry Yearbook 2013

01/01/2013 |  Magazine Article  

The role of wood waste as a source of biomass fuel in the UKnavigation-arrow

Biomass is a generic term for a wide range of organic materials including wood, which are used to generate electricity and/or heat. Waste wood is just one form of biomass for which there is rapidly growing interest in the UK.

The key difference between using biomass and fossil fuels...

01/01/2012 |  Research Summarie