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WRAP trial on gathering small collections of wood waste underway

WRAP has selected four companies in England to carry out three-month trials on cost effective ways to collect wood waste that is not already collected for mainstream wood recycling.

The findings will be used by WRAP to improve waste wood collection and its supply chain in order to to reduce the amount sent to landfill.

The four companies involved in the trial are: Hills Waste Solutions, Low and Behold, MDF Recovery and National Commuity Wood. Discussions for a contract are also being held with a fifth company, WRAP said.

The trial comes after WRAP’s Business Case for Wood Waste Collection Hubs (WWCHs) report of August 2012 suggested four areas in which more wood could be recovered:

  1. Wood in composting.
  2. Household waste recycling centres (HWRCs).
  3. Wood from SMEs such as joinery, furniture and construction component manufacturers was also cited. The report said that little is known about the fate of wood from these businesses but the large number of small wood businesses operating means that there is potential for collection clusters from several businesses.
  4. Back-loading, where deliveries of wood products to wood sector businesses could be matched with a service for the collection and back haulage of wood wastes. This would enable wood suppliers to provide a collection hub to aggregate small quantities of wood into larger amounts for supply to other markets.

Wiltshire-based waste management company Hills Waste Solutions said it will test whether collecting wood waste from construction industry waste is economically viable at its Lower Compton site in Wiltshire. It will encourage members of the local building trade to bring their wood waste to the site where they will be charged a small disposal fee.

A spokesperson for Hills said: “We believe that this will work best by offering small builders a complete service for all of their waste, rather than trying to get them to segregate the wood element - hence the design of the trial. We will undertake the separation of wood ourselves and feed the information back to WRAP.”

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