Technical advisor to the Wood Recyclers Association (WRA) Toby Beadle has resigned from his role of five years citing disapproval of the forthcoming wood Quality Protocol (QP).
The QP is designed to agree on the point when recovered wood is no longer classed as waste, ensuring that it can be used in extended end uses.
Beadle, who is also the managing director of consultant for the renewable and recycling sector Urban Harvest UK, believes the decision by the Environment Agency (EA) not to include Waste Incinceration Directive (WID) compliant biomass means wood recyclers are missing out on their “only growth market”.
A statement from Beadle said: “A successful QP would have allowed low quality waste wood to be classified as a fuel rather than a waste…However, the EA refused to investigate this potential outcome, before even hearing the arguments. Opinion in favour was excluded from the process… A limited QP is about to go out to public consultation, and it contains nothing about the use of low grade waste wood as biomass, which is the only growth market open to wood recyclers, and the only possible use for the large volumes of low grade waste wood.”
However, the WRA has stressed that it does not hold the same view. WRA secretary Peter Butt said: “We are a bit disappointed that the consultation document is more limited than we would have liked, but it is progress and we do have do have the potential to develop a roadmap for wood to expand the scope of the QP at a later stage.”
The QP is due to go out to public consultation today.