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Recycled wood specification launched

A new standard for recycled wood product quality has been launched.

The new PAS111 Specification for the requirements and test methods for processing waste wood has been developed by WRAP and the Wood Recyclers Association (WRA) in conjunction with the British Standards Institution.

Wood recyclers adopting the standard will now be able advertise their products as PAS111-compliant to assure customers of the consistent and verifiable quality of the material.

WRAP says increasing confidence will help drive growth in the market of recovered wood and divert more wood from landfill. In 2010, the UK generated 4.1 million tonnes of waste wood, of which 2.44 million tonnes was recovered.

Recovered wood material is currently used in panelboard manufacture, biomass energy, animal bedding, mulches, equine surfaces, pathways and coverings and industrial and commercial applications.

Marcus Gover, director of closed loop economy at WRAP, said PAS111 was good news for the environment and the economy.

Peter Butt of the WRA, said the launch is “a positive step for the wood recycling industry”.

“It gives our members the opportunity to guarantee the quality and standard of their products, and give their customers added confidence in the products they buy.” 

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