Recycling Wood | Nationwide Waste Services

Recycling Wood

It is estimated that each year up to 420,000 tonnes of waste wood is produced by households, or deposited at civic amenity sites in the UK. Packaging (pallets and crates) produce a further 670,000 tonnes, and construction and demolition 750,000 tonnes.

Biological Municipal Waste

Although wood is only 5% of the average household waste, wood waste has some features that mean it should not be ignored:

  • it is biodegradable, and so can contribute to greenhouse gas production if allowed to rot in landfill sites. This makes it subject to the EU Landfill Directive, which stipulates that an increasing percentage of biological municipal waste (BMW) must be diverted from landfill.
  • often, it is in excellent condition, and would therefore make ideal material for reuse, rather than simply "being binned"
  • the growing, harvesting and processing of virgin timber uses energy, and water, thereby using other natural resources which are not as renewable as timber
  • disposal costs: of more relevance to the commercial sector, but as with any other waste material, reusing or recycling will eventually save a company money as the cost of disposing through landfill rises
recycle wood
recycle wood
recycle wood

High Consumption of Wood

The Earth Summit in June 1992 recognised that the unsustainable patterns of production and consumption, especially the excessively high consumption of wood and paper products. In the "developed" world, this is a major cause of the continued deterioration of the global environment.

wood recycling
We at Nationwide Waste Services are able to offer a dedicated wood recycling collection service at a reduced rate to any general waste container you may have. For more information and prices, please call us on the number above or click for a trade waste quote and we will discuss your requirements.