Our environmental impact

Waste wood in the UK

In 2020 the UK generated around 4.5 million tonnes of waste wood. Around 90% of this was processed by the high-volume wood recycling industry into biomass for power stations, composite sheets like MDF, animal bedding, and landscape surfaces, and the majority of the rest went to landfill. Although it’s great to see how far recycling in this country has come in recent decades, we believe we can do even better.

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How we help save wood and lower emissions

Our methods have several advantages over the conventional approach to wood recycling, and we’re always looking for ways to improve things even further. Key to our approach is reuse – reclaiming wood and using it locally, without the need to transport or recycle it any more than necessary.

The circular economy

In conventional economics, raw materials are extracted and transformed into products, which are then used and thrown away. This is a linear economy, going in one direction, so it’s unsustainable – eventually everything will end up as waste.

The circular economy is a vision for eliminating waste by looping all resources back into the system in a self-sustaining cycle similar to a natural ecosystem. Finding this balance may take time, but by following a few simple rules, we can move much closer to this kind of sustainable circularity.

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