29 November 2017 by Steve Eminton

Need for evidence on waste wood hazards, says WRA

The need for an evidence-based approach to categorisation of waste wood has been emphasised by the Wood Recyclers Association.

The association’s view comes in the wake of the publication of a Regulatory Position Statement by the Environment Agency, yesterday (29 November).

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Classification of wood is under discussion at the Wood Recyclers Association

In its RPS, the Agency tackles the topic of waste wood from mixed waste wood sources. The association explained that the RPS continues to allow mixed waste wood to be coded and moved under a non-hazardous waste code as long as it only goes to two end uses – panel board and Chapter IV IED compliant boilers.

The RPS will remain in place until November 2018 (see letsrecycle.com story).

Publication of the RPS means that the association now has time to complete its Code of Practice. In a statement it said this “will lay out strict guidance for how mixed waste wood should be assessed and handled at all stages of the waste wood supply chain.”


Andy Hill, Chair of the WRA, said: “We have been leading a number of industry-wide workshops focusing on the future testing required to reach an evidence-based, practical and risk-based solution to this issue.

“In the meantime it has been agreed with the EA that the current situation can continue until November next year, while the waste wood industry group carries out further waste analysis and assessment to shape what happens in the future.”


“We have been leading a number of industry-wide workshops”

Andy Hill
Chair, Wood Recyclers Association

The need for a reclassification of waste wood, said the association, has arisen following concerns raised in the UK about whether treated waste wood was being mis-described as untreated, clean grade A material and was ending up in non IED Chapter IV-compliant boilers.

A statement from the association continued: “This situation led to the WRA being asked by the EA to lead a waste wood industry group including waste management companies, manufacturers, other trade associations, local authority representatives and representation from the EA’s technical team, to come up with a solution to ensure that:

  • Waste wood is properly classified at the front-end
  • The people who process the wood further check and maintain that classification
  • Those taking the processed wood ensure they use suitable wood for particular end uses.”

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