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Draft standard for wood waste published

The Quality Protocol for recovered wood is moving at “break-neck” speed, following the publication of a draft copy of the Publicly Available Specification for recovering and reprocessing waste wood (PAS111) for consultation.

The specification sets out the grade of wood that each end-use market should use in the reprocessing stage. It covers the panelboard industry, animal bedding and land applications and non-WID (Waste Incineration Directive) compliant biomass facilities. Consultation on the standard will close on 31 January.

It is the second draft of the quality, as the wood reprocessing and recycling industry was unhappy with the first draft published last year.

The PAS111 will provide a minimum quality controlled production process to ensure the standards used across the industry are more harmonised. This can then be used to establish a Quality Protocol, which states when a recovered material is no longer classed as waste.

Wood Recyclers Association secretary Peter Butt said: “We are moving at break-neck speed on the Quality Protocol now. In an ideal world we would have had the standard before we began work on the protocol, which is being developed in parallel.

“We should have something going out for consultation on the Quality Protocol in a few weeks.”

The PAS111 allows panelboard manufacturers to use window frames, chipboard, fibreboard, plywood wood from construction and demolition, clean wood and solid wood. Meanwhile, it states that non-WID compliant biomass facilities can use any grade of wood.

Only Grade A (clean wood) waste wood should be used for animal bedding and soil conditioners. Any grade of wood may be used for sealed surface applications such as pathways.

The standard can be viewed here: http://drafts.bsigroup.com/Home/Details/666

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