Wooden waste may not strike as materials that require specialist modes of recycling as they are already raw materials. However, Not recycling wood correctly can be extremely problematic for a number reasons. Firstly, landfills contribute greatly to land, air pollution and water. Secondly but not recycling wood it costs local communities and governments to dispose of this waste.
Another important reason why it is extremely irresponsible not to recycle wooden waste, especially when we consider that the UK alone contributes to 3% of the world’s wood consumption.
Over the years timber consumption has rapidly increased and we are demanding it more than ever before. Large forest lands are being cut down due to our excessive needs. These deforestation practices are contributing to environmental changes via the increase of greenhouse gases, wildlife extinction and soil erosion.
To keep up with our wood consumption behaviour we need to raise awareness by reusing and recycling these goods in hope to reduce the quantity of wood being continuously cut down for commercialism.
It is also worth noting that when you recycle wood or purchase recycled wood you buy into 20% less moisture. This is an advantage for the buyer as it offers a higher durability than any piece of wood that has been cut down and bought as a primary weighs the same. As a result, recycled wood is often far tougher and more durable.
Luckily today we live in a world where technology is at its finest, wood recycling plants are growing in popularity and efficiency and are cost effective solutions.
Besides upcycling and reclaiming, recycled wood of all types can be used in forest tracks and as wood pellets for surface foot pathways and in parks. It can also be recycled to produce animal bedding and mulches. Alternatively, there is an emerging market for recycled wood chips as it is a good biofuel it is drier than the alternative sawmill chips.
Our process for recycling wood is simple. Once receiving the material onto our picking floor, we meticulously sort out all wooden waste material to ensure its segregated. From here it will be shredded into piles and sent to our partner recyclers. Unfortunately, all wood mixtures must be separated and this is usually complete by hand labour, it is extremely intense and time-consuming.
Wood is then sent onwards as chippings or other bi-products or sawn down to suit different reusable functions. It can also be mixed with other materials to form polymer alloys for commercial, industrial and domestic capacity as an absorbent.
If you would like to find out more information about our waste management solutions, skip hire or recycling methods then please fill in an online quote form. Alternatively, get in touch today to discuss what solution would best suit your requirements.