An investment of over £670,000 to new wood recycling facilities has been committed by Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), as part of a plan to increase the quantity of post-consumer wood waste diverted from landfill.
Two businesses that will benefit from the move will be Urban Forest and McGrath Brothers (Waste Control).
They will both receive part-funding to install new capacity to process recycled wood into value-added products.
The funding was given as part of WRAPs Capital Support Programme and encourages the sector to build new wood reprocessing infrastructure targeted at higher value products.
WRAP manufacturing development programme manager Peter Maddox said: WRAP looked for projects that could create new capacity to process post-consumer wood waste and serve clearly defined end-markets.
These two projects are excellent examples that demonstrate that with the right facilities, waste wood can be put to good use and deliver significant returns.
Waste material that would have normally gone to landfill is being successfully recycled into usable products that have a high value and are in demand.
McGarth Brothers (Waste Control), based in Hackney,
This will go to help build a new wood recycling facility that will be able to process in excess of 21,000 tonnes of waste wood every year.
McGrath Brothers (Waste Control) managing director David McGrath said: As a result of this project, we will be able to recycle large amounts of waste wood that mainly comes to us from the construction industry.
We are developing new markets for the recycled products and will be focusing on high value added products such as surfacing and equine bedding.
Urban Forest, based in Newry, Co Down also received support from WRAP in the form of a £345,000 grant.
Urban Forest managing director Patrick Durkan said: Financial support from WRAP has allowed us to develop our facilities further to automate the refinement of the animal bedding we produce.