Recovering and minimising wood waste

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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 in recent years that an industry has emerged to recycle wood waste, where qualities such as a low moisture content compared with virgin wood have made recycled wood fibre popular for a variety of applications.

Traditionally, green wood 'arisings' from forestry and horticulture have also been considered as waste, however markets are now available to exploit much of this material.

This Wood Information Sheet examines various options for prevention and re-use of wood waste, reviews existing and anticipated legislation and offers guidance on best practice.



  • Wood waste arisings
  • Forms of wood waste
  • Options for recovered wood waste
  • The need to reduce landfill
  • Disposal considerations
  • Present and future markets for wood waste
  • The development of a biomass market
  • Future regulations of wood waste

Suggested Reading

Introducing woodnavigation-arrow

As a construction material, timber has a very distinct advantage over the alternatives, namely that it is a living thing and therefore a renewable resource. With the use of correctly managed forests, timber represents an excellent way of creating a more sustainable construction industry.

The treatment of timber...

04/04/2016 |  Wood Information Sheet  

Avoiding landfill through effective wood waste disposal and a shift in product focusnavigation-arrow

This research information sheet examines how companies altering their wood waste management and disposal processes can help increase their green credentials whilst also saving on disposal costs.

This sheet uses Input Joinery - a privately owned, 25 year old business - as a case study. After a period of...

01/01/2004 |  Other Technical Guidance  

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