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Wood waste management and collection is a “major challenge” for joinery industry

The management and collection of wood waste is a “major challenge” faced by the joinery sectorin to reducing waste wood arisings, a new efficiency plan has claimed.

Published by the Construction Products Association, Building Research Establishment and the British Woodworking Federation, Joinery: A Resource Efficiency Action Plan aims to reduce levels of wood waste arisings across the joinery supply chain.

The report stated: “[A] major challenge is to develop a more formal way of managing and collecting wood waste. This will require a better understanding of the markets for wood waste and their specifications, especially the fast-emerging bio-energy market.”

One key barrier to the implementation of wood waste collection schemes, according to the report, is the small scale of joinery companies, the majority of which employ fewer than ten staff and produce small individual quantities of waste.

In order to achieve economies of scale, the report proposes the establishment of “collection hubs” at timber merchants, following a trial wood collection scheme along the M62 corridor in collaboration with Howarth Timber.

The action plan also identifies poor procurement methods as the other major challenge faced by the joinery sector in reducing waste wood.

It stated: “The present wide range of timber section sizes could be reduced considerably and replaced by a reduced number of finished section sizes developed specifically to meet the specifications needed for the production of windows, doors and stairs. This is common practice in other parts of Europe.”

The action plan sets out a number of other strategies to improve collaboration across the timber supply chain, including the improvement of reporting on waste wood arisings, and providing greater understanding for the market for waste wood.

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