WRAP promotes benefits of recycled woodchip products

The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) wants landscapers to recognise the benefits of recycled woodchip.

Its Recycled Wood Works Wonders campaign aims to show local authority buyers, specifiers, facilities managers and landscapers the benefits of woodchip as a surfacing and mulch product. It follows the introduction of the European Union Landfill Directive and national recycling targets. The recycled wood sector is dominated by the manufacture of panel board, which fetches around £20 per tonne. Other uses, such as mulch, would allow it to reach £100-£400 per tonne. WRAP estimates up to 7.5 million tonnes of wood waste are generated in the UK a year, yet only 800,000 tonnes are recycled as raw material. WRAP material development manager Julia Turner said: “Recycled woodchip is an excellent mulch, pathway and play surface material. It offers many performance benefits, is cost-effective and requires little maintenance.” The government-funded not-for-profit company will launch site visits, seminars, direct mail, advertising and public relations activities. WRAP hopes to make more resources available in 2006 by promoting increased segregation of wood waste at household recycling centres, in construction and demolition services, and in the furniture manufacturing industry.

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