Recovering and minimising waste wood

Recovering and minimising waste wood

Date Published

16 August 2022

Document Type




Wood and wood-based products are used in a wide range of applications, some with service lives of many decades before they enter the waste stream. However, it is only since the mid-1990s that an industry has emerged to recycle waste wood, where qualities such as a low moisture content compared with virgin wood have made recycled wood fibre popular for a variety of applications.

This Wood Information Sheet (WIS) is an overview of the subject with signposts to more detailed sources that are listed at the end.

Key Information

The Wood Recyclers Association (WRA) estimates that current annual UK waste wood arisings are in the order of 4.5 million tonnes.

The UK wood recycling sector in recycling an ever increasing proportion of waste wood and moving towards a situation where all wood ‘waste’ is becoming a ‘resource’.

The market for biomass fuels is expanding rapidly, to such an extent that waste wood will be increasingly demanded as a fuel. This may have a wider impact on current recycling and reuse options.

Case studies

Today the museum has been updated and revitalized by Adam Richards Architects. One of the keys to its success is the incorporation of the cart lodge into the new plan; it has been converted into a new entrance to allow the museum to open directly onto the village green and is linked to the original museum, now refurbished, by two new buildings.

The Believe in Better Building, a new building for Sky on its Osterley campus, lives up to its name. It is the tallest commercial timber building in the UK and one of very few multi-storey timber offices in the world.