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Limited wood waste options

By Rebecca Thyer

The end of co-disposal could hinder disposal routes for treated wood waste, according to Jeff Cooper, head of producer responsibility at the Environment Agency.

Speaking at the MRW-organised Recycled Wood conference this week, he said: If the material is classified as hazardous it will be affected by the reduction in hazardous waste landfill sites.

Its likely that we will have only 10 merchant sites handling hazardous waste.

He added that even if treated wood waste did not fall under hazardous waste classifications now, it was likely that treated wood waste would be classified as hazardous under revisions to the European Waste Catalogue.

In addition to disposal problems, packaging data remained an issue for the wood waste industry.

Due to data problems, wood recycling levels have been set at 15% recycling. Its not a significant figure because it is already being achieved.

He said that low targets could be detrimental to the industry with other business and outlets required.

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