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Biomass set to have a massive impact on wood recycling

Biomass will probably be the biggest single emerging market nationally and transform the wood recycling sector over the next five years, according to a leading wood recycler.

The Wood Recyclers Association (WRA) chairman Geoff Hadfield said: Going forward there is a growing and big emerging market for biomass. Over the next five years the market place will completely change, he said.

While the UK has about half a dozen biomass plants, our German neighbours have around 30. But the sector will need time and investment before any new facilities in the UK come to fruition.

With an estimated 10 million tonnes of waste wood generated in the UK each year, and only around 1.5 million tonnes of it currently recycled, there is scope for much more recovery of the waste material.

Another boost for the sector will be the Wood Recyclers code of conduct, currently being finalised by the WRA. This is due to be introduced to WRA members early next year and give the association and industry a lot more credibility according to Hadfield.


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