waste management that doesn't cost the earth
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.
Although wood is only 5% of the average household waste, wood waste has some features that mean it should not be ignored:
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.