Community Wood Recycling
Around 5 million tonnes of waste wood is produced every year in the UK. Conventional wood recycling via skips results in the destruction of this valuable resource. Without readily available affordable reclaimed wood consumers turn to virgin timber for their DIY needs. Skip-based collection methodology results in multiple movements of heavy vehicles with attendant CO2 and particulate emissions.
Community wood recycled collects waste wood and sorts it for reuse. This means that the timber that can be used again is saved, while that which has no reuse value is recycled by chipping. As the only large-scale commercial alternative to the wholesale chipping of unsorted wood, it promotes the circular economy. The collection service uses lightweight 3.5 tonne trucks, resulting in a reduction in emissions of both CO2 and pollutants over conventional skip-based services. It estimates that each tonne of wood rescued saves 499kg of CO2, and that the saving per journey because of our smaller vehicle is 3.2kg. The social enterprise model gives people who have faced long term unemployment or social isolation the chance to develop the skills and confidence they need to get back into work, benefitting individuals and communities.
Community wood recycling charge by the cubic yard to reflect the cost of using the conventional alternative, a wood skip. Using the service is straightforward; all customers need to do is set up a segregated wood bay (the suggestion is using three pieces of heras fencing) and book a collection when they have sufficient material to fill a 3.5 tonne caged truck. The company provide the labour to load the wood. By loading vehicles by hand, void space is reduced when compared with using a skip.
Bath Western Riverside – Case Study – Crest Nicholson – Bath Western Riverside BA1 3AY 11.11.19 (1)