Wood Biomass Exports Decrease As UK Markets Grow

Overall UK exports of waste wood biomass and panel board feedstock dropped by 50% last year compared to 2016, according to the latest statistics produced by the Wood Recyclers’ Association (WRA). The trade body carried out an annual survey of its members which also showed a large increase in the use of waste wood within […]

Overall UK exports of waste wood biomass and panel board feedstock dropped by 50% last year compared to 2016, according to the latest statistics produced by the Wood Recyclers’ Association (WRA).

The trade body carried out an annual survey of its members which also showed a large increase in the use of waste wood within the UK.

The WRA estimates there remains an estimated 5m tonnes of waste wood available for recycling and recovery in the UK. Of this 3.7m tonnes is recycled or reprocessed, of which 3.2m tonnes is by WRA members.

The survey showed 1.7m tonnes went to UK biomass plants in 2017, compared to 1.6m in 2016. A further 1.7m tonnes was recycled or reused into products including animal bedding, UK panel board feedstock and landscaping and equestrian surfaces. This was estimated at 1.4m tonnes in 2016. The remaining 300,000 tonnes was exported as biomass or panel board feedstock. This compared to 600,000 tonnes in 2016.

Andy Hill, chair of the trade body which represents 86% of the waste wood market, said WRA members alone had seen a growth of 38% in UK panel board and a 53% growth in UK biomass, which was good for the economy. However, he reiterated a previous warning of potential impending waste wood shortages if recyclers and reprocessors face storage issues over the summer months.

From CIWM Journal Online: https://ciwm-journal.co.uk/exports-of-waste-wood-products-decrease-as-uk-markets-grow/

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