Disposing of your wood waste may sound like a simple task but it’s important to know a few facts before heading over to one of our recycling centres. In this article, we provide information about wood grades, the dos and don’ts, the environmental impact that disposing of wood waste has, and information on tipping prices for this type of waste.
Why are there so many wood grades?
We often get asked questions about wood waste grades and why they’re important. Well, in short, the grading allows us to know how it can be recycled. Let’s start by explaining each grade:
Grade A is the cleanest type of wood that you would dispose of. Typically this will be pallets, joinery off-cuts or packaging crates. Grade A means that we can easily recycle and reuse it, more commonly as an animal bedding product.
Also known as industrial wood waste, this grade can also sometimes include grade A wood waste as well, but it will be classed as grade B if it’s from a construction & demolition source such as floorboards, roofing timber or plywood.
Grade C wood waste will have previously been treated in some way, and therefore may include chipboard, MDF, fencing panels, door & window frames, decking & other treated woods.
Hazardous wood waste
Due to the nature of some wood waste materials, it will be classed as hazardous waste and will need to be dealt with differently, taking certain measures. Typical materials of this type include agricultural fencing, transmission poles, railway sleepers and cooling towers.
Why do I need to inform you of the grade before disposing?
Now you know how types of wood are classified into grades, and that these grades correlate to how easy the recycling process is. Ultimately, this determines the price that you will pay for disposing of the wood.
Grade A wood is far cheaper to dispose of than the other grades as there is less work involved during the recycling process. Here are our current prices (November 2021):
- Grade A – £80 per tonne
- Mixed grade (A,B & C) – £130 per tonne
- Hazardous waste Wood @ £320.00 per tonne (plus £50.00 hazardous waste consignment note)
That’s quite a price difference, so make sure you save yourself some money if you can.
Environmental impacts of disposing of wood waste
As a company, we are always looking at ways to improve our environmental impact and reduce CO2 emissions, and the proper segregation of your wood waste helps us to achieve this goal. Here are some bigger picture facts about the environmental impact that wood waste has.
Stats from The Wood Waste Association have confirmed that:
- There is a total of 450,0000 tonnes of waste wood generated in the UK every year
- 133,2000 tonnes of waste wood is then recycled
- 247,5000 tonnes of waste wood goes into biomass
These are some huge numbers, so the more we can recycle the better.
What is Biomass?
Biomass is the organic material from plants and animals that are used in the process of creating renewable energy. It contains stored chemical energy from the sun and can be burned directly for heat or can be converted to renewable liquid and gaseous fuels through various processes.
Many types of wood can be biomass, which means that your recycled wood can be turned into a greener energy source.
More benefits? Recycling wood saves trees!
The more wood that is recycled and reused means there is less of a requirement for trees to be chopped down. While trees are considered to be sustainable, growing trees to a level where they can be used can take years, and this means that demand can’t be met.
In addition to this, reusing recycled wood can be cheaper in terms of energy, materials, and money than using new materials.
Disposing of your wood properly reduces the fire risk
Businesses that create a large amount of wood waste need to ensure that they are not piling up large amounts of wood as this can become very flammable. Regularly tipping at a local recycling centre reduces this risk.
We can reuse, reuse, reuse!
You may not think that your used, dirty pallets will be of much use, but once it’s been sorted at our recycling centre and then cleaned, you’ll be surprised what they can be turned into. Any wood that is not hazardous can be reused!
Ready to dispose of your wood waste?
Hopefully, this article has given you some insight into the process your wood waste takes when you come to one of our recycling centres.
We can accept wood waste at both sites:
Canford Recycling Centre – Canford Recycling Centre, Arena Way, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 3BW. Mon-Fri 7am to 5:30pm & Saturday mornings.
Southwood Recycling Centre – Southwood Trade Waste Recycling Centre, Evercreech, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6LX. Mon-Fri 7.30am to 5:00pm.*
*Please note, we do not accept hazardous waste at Southwood.