Confidence in the quality and amount of wood waste packaging sent for recycling could be boosted following the launch of a new protocol designed to ensure consistent standards.
The protocol is part of a campaign by the Wood Recycling Association (WRA) and the Wood Panel Industries Federation (WPIF) to raise standards across the sector.
WRA secretary Rick Wilcox explained: In the past there has been implied criticism that some material streams, not necessarily wood, were claiming incorrect packaging amounts. Over-egging it perhaps.
This protocol is about record keeping and creating an audit trail to support accuracy in tonnage reporting.
The initiative aims to give governments and regulators more confidence in wood packaging tonnage claims by introducing visual check of wood loads and creating an audit trail.
The packaging content of mixed loads will be checked by a trainer operator. Wilcox said: Its not like before where the estimates were on spec. This checking system means its probably more accurate than any other material stream.
He said that waste wood suppliers felt it was their responsibility as part of the supply chain, adding: The Government has to meet its packaging targets and to do this the tonnages need to be accurate.