WRAP to examine economics of collecting 'neglected' waste wood

WRAP has commissioned a series of pilot studies in England to examine cost-effective ways to collect waste wood.

The main focus of trials will be on wood waste that is currently not collected as part of mainstream wood recycling.

It follows the publication of WRAP's wood waste collection hub feasibility studies and will focus on four target areas: wood recovery in composting; local authority civic amenity recycling centres or household waste recycling centres (HWRCs); collection clusters for SME wood businesses; reverse logistics for wood sector businesses.

One of the firms that WRAP has commissioned to undertake the trials is Hills Waste Solutions, who will test the feasibility of allowing collection of wood waste from construction trades waste at one of its HWRC sites.

Members of the local building trade will be encouraged to bring their wood and non-hazardous construction waste to the site where they will be charged a nominal fee for disposal.

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."

The results will assist WRAP to determine how the development of the waste wood collection and supply chain can be supported with the aim of reducing the amount of waste wood sent to landfill.

Maxine Perella


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