Confidence boost for waste wood recyclers and their customers

Published on Monday, 02 April 2012 11:35
Posted by Scott Buckler

A specification which sets quality requirements for wood recyclers selling products to markets using recovered wood has been launched today by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme)

Developed jointly with the Wood Recyclers Association, PAS 111:2012 Specification for the requirements and test methods for processing waste wood is the first specification of its kind for waste wood. Those wood recyclers that adopt PAS 111 will be able to advertise that their products are ‘PAS 111 compliant’, meaning that potential customers can be assured that they are purchasing material of consistent and verifiable quality.

By increasing confidence amongst end users, this will drive growth in existing markets of recovered wood. There are already strong markets for higher grade recycled wood – in applications including panel board, landscaping and animal bedding – and PAS 111 will help to expand these. In turn, this should help to divert more wood from landfill into recycled products or energy recovery. In 2010, the UK generated 4.1 million tonnes of waste wood, of which 2.44 million tonnes was recovered – but the remainder was sent to landfill.

PAS 111 has been developed by WRAP in conjunction with the British Standards Institution (BSI), the Wood Recyclers Association, Environment Agency and many other industry stakeholders. The following markets account for the majority of recovered wood in the UK and are covered by PAS 111:

• Panelboard manufacture
• Biomass energy generation
• Animal bedding
• Mulches
• Equine surfaces
• Pathways and coverings
• Industrial and commercial applications

Marcus Gover, Director of Closed Loop Economy at WRAP, said: “We are delighted to see this commitment to quality from the wood recycling industry.  WRAP has worked with and supported the industry for many years and hopes that PAS 111 will help it continue to make the best use of this important resource – which is good news for both the environment and the economy”.

Peter Butt of the Wood Recyclers Association, which has supported the development of PAS 111, said: “We have worked closely with WRAP and BSI on the development of PAS 111, and its launch is a positive step for the wood recycling industry. It gives our members the opportunity to guarantee the quality and standard of their products, and give their customers added confidence in the products they buy.”

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