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 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 than an increasing percentage of biological municipal waste (BMW)
must be diverted away from landfill.
• Often it is in excellent condition and would therefore make ideal material
for re-use, rather than simply ‘being binned’.
• The growing, harvesting and processing of virgin timbers uses energy and
water, natural resources which are not as renewable as timber.
• Disposal costs. More relevant 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.
We at Ash Watse 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
and one of our experienced team will contact you to discuss your requirements.