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
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.
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
• 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
material, reusing or recycling will eventually save a company money as the
cost of disposing through landfill rises
We at Nationwide Waste Services are able to offer a dedicated
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
e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our experienced team
will contact you to discuss your requirements.