The UK generates an estimated 4.5 million tonnes of waste wood a year. In 1996 less than 25% of that was recycled. By 2011 that figure had risen to over 60%, or around 2.8 million tonnes.
Over recent years landfill taxes and haulage costs have risen considerably, helping to increase even further the amount of waste wood being recycled.
More still needs to be done however, if the UK is to achieve its goal of becoming a more sustainable society.
Uses for recycled waste wood include traditional feedstock for the panel board industry, which still accounts for the majority of recycled wood. Other uses include animal beddings, equestrian and landscaping surfaces, play areas and filter beds.
But the market is ever changing, and one of the most recent demands for waste wood is as biomass fuel. This growing market is set to change the face of wood recycling as we know it.