Wood

An estimated 4.5-4.6 million tonnes of waste wood is generated in the UK each year, deriving from construction and demolition, commercial and industrial and household sources. In 2011, around half (2,148,000 tonnes) of this was recycled or used in energy recovery. This represents a big leap from 1996, when less than 2% was recycled.

Traditionally, the main outlet for clean, recycled woodchip has been the panel board industry, which uses the material in the production of chipboard. However, "value-added" markets such as animal bedding, equine surfacing and garden mulches have been steadily developing.

Dedicated biomass plants – both at home and abroad - are also offering a rapidly-growing growing market for recycled woodchip. This demand is expected to grow considerably over the next few years as the government strives to generate more renewable energy and councils and waste management firm seek to divert lower-grade wood, which is not suitable for recycling, away from landfill.

Reprocessed wood packaging - such as pallets - is eligible for support under the Packaging Waste Recovery Note System (PRN).


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  • Wood prices 2014

    Prices shown are £ per tonne of mixed wood delivered to a wood recycler (negative price indicates a gate fee)

    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
    High grade 0 - -25 0 - -25 5 - -25 0 - -20 0 - -20 0 - -35
    Low grade -30 - -55 -28 - -56 -30 - -56 -25 - -45 -25 - -48 -35 - -55
    Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    High grade 0 - -35
    Low grade -35 - -60

    Prices shown are £ per tonne of mixed wood delivered to a wood recycler (negative price indicates a gate fee)

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