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Wood Recycling

As we in the UK move towards a more sustainable society, we must re-use and recycle more, and landfill less. With increasing landfill taxes, landfill operator and haulage costs, and more stringent packaging waste regulations, the recycling of materials, including wood, assumes an increasing importance. The wood recycling sector therefore looks forward to an exciting future with enormous potential for expansion.

A high priority for the Government Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) is to stimulate demand for recycled wood products through a marketing and education initiative.
Wood Recyclers Association members process waste wood chips, mainly for use by the particle board manufacturing industry. The main emerging volume market for prepared wood chip is energy generation. In 2005 about 1.4 million tonnes of wood chip went into particle board manufacture, and 200,000 tonnes into biomass for heat and power generation
Other wood chippings are produced for animal bedding, on golf courses, paths and gardens, children’s playgrounds and horse arenas. Coloured chips are also sold to garden centres and other retail outlets. 2005 saw around 300,000 tonnes of these products manufactured, and 2006 is expected to show another significant tonnage increase.

Uses for Recycled Wood

Recycled wood products are made from post-consumer and post-industrial sources. Wood waste is cleaned and processed to remove any contaminants and to reduce particle size. This material is then used to manufacture a range of quality products for different markets. Some products may be made entirely from waste wood or they may contain a proportion of virgin material.

The three key uses of recycled wood chip for the leisure and landscaping sector are:

  1. Landscaping Products
  2. Equestrian Products
  3. Animal Bedding Products

Landscaping Products

Natural and Decorative Mulches
A non-composted mulch product made from recycled timber which naturally suppresses weeds and converses soil moisture. Suitable for professional and domestic use on planted areas in parks, gardens, highways, residential estates, municipal areas and business parks.

Surfacing Materials for Pathways
A recycled woodchip surfacing material, which comes in a variety of colours including light natural shades. It can be used in parks, gardens and on golf courses.

Play Surfaces
Softer grades and smaller sizes of recycled woodchip, comforting to the requirements of Impact Absorbing Playground surfaces (BSEN1177: 1998), can be used in public or private play areas with all equipment including slides, climbing frames and swings.
 

Equestrian Products

Equestrian Surfaces
A wood fibre surfacing made from recycled wood, suitable for both indoor and outdoor arenas, paddocks and gallops. Offers a long-lasting, low impact all weather surface, which is light and easy to maintain.

Horse Bedding
A wood fibre surfacing made from recycled wood, suitable for use in livery yards or by individual horse owners. Offers a dust free, absorbent, easy maintenance bedding
 

Animal Bedding Products

Horse Bedding
A wood fibre surfacing made from recycled wood, suitable for use in livery yards or by individual horse owners. Offers a dust free, absorbent, easy maintenance bedding

Poultry Bedding
A wood fibre surfacing made from recycled wood, suitable for use in broilers and laying chickens. Offers a dust free, absorbent, easy maintenance bedding.

Cattle Bedding
A dry, absorbent bedding suitable for indoor and outdoor use.

Domestic Pet Bedding
A range of wood fibre bedding made from recycled wood is available for hamsters, guinea pigs etc. Offers a low dust option for animals prone to respiratory problems.

Cat Litter
An absorbent recycled wood-based cat litter.