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.



  • 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.


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