Biffa and Timberpak partner for John Lewis wood recycling scheme

Biffa has collaborated with Timberpak Ltd to offer a “circular wood recycling scheme” to the John Lewis Partnership.

John Lewis's depot in MIlton Keynes, where wood will be collected from by Biffa (picture: CDM Consultancy)

Timberpak Ltd is a processor recycled timber. The material it sources is used by its sister company, EGGER (UK) Ltd, to produce chipboard for the furniture, interior design and building industries.

As part of the partnership Biffa will collect and sort waste wood from the John Lewis facility in Milton Keynes. The gathered waste wood will then be transported to Timberpak Ltd’s new site in Leeds for processing into wood for new products.

The Leeds site was opened in August following a “multi-million pound investment” into the six acre site (see letsrecycle.com story).

Joshua Jolliffe, corporate account manager at Biffa, said: “A key part of our sustainability strategy is enabling a successful circular economy, and we want to help businesses become part of this by prioritising reduction, reuse and recycling to help combat the UK waste challenge. This initiative with Timberpak Ltd and John Lewis encompasses these values, transforming a common waste stream into a valuable resource, reducing its environmental impact and carbon emissions. We very much look forward to working together towards a successful and long-term partnership.”

The Leeds site opening ceremony in August (l-r) Gavin Ball, Alyson Hardy, Connor Paterson, Hilary Benn, Mark Hayton, Gordon Argo, Louise Cassidy and Nathan Sheppard


Following the processing phase, Timberpak Ltd in collaboration with its sister company with EGGER (UK) will process the waste wood into chipboard which will then re-enter John Lewis’ supply chain and be used to make kitchen cabinets.

Marija Rompani, director of ethics and sustainability at John Lewis Partnership added: “We are proud to launch the Biffa and Timberpak recycling scheme which is designed for more efficient use of resources while embracing business models that support circularity. Avoiding waste and minimising the resources we take from nature to create our products, extending the life and use of raw materials is critical to moving towards a circular economy. We are looking forward to developing this partnership and working together to achieve our net zero ambition.”

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