Wood Waste

Wood waste is one of the most valuable types of waste out there, described by some as the ultimate renewable material. According to the wood recycling association, 4.5 million tonnes of wood waste is generated each year yet only 1.4 million tonnes are recycled.

Wood waste is extremely valuable in today’s climate, especially with the rising price of oil traditional fuels such as wood are an important fuel source as biomass fuel. Wood has the advantage that if managed correctly trees can be planted to replace wood that has been burnt for fuel. Over 2.5 million tonnes of wood waste is sent to biomass facilities in the UK each year. Homes and Businesses can also avail of biomass heating systems.

Wood waste can be reused in more constructive ways. If shredded it can be turned into chipboard, plywood, MDF, or other recycled particle woods. Sawdust is a popular animal bedding material. It also lends itself as a mulch material for gardening and play areas.

The problem is that so much wood waste is, not utilised correctly. Getting sent to a landfill where it is of no value to anyone. Wood waste is also a very bulky material, especially if it was in the form of furniture or wooden structures a waste container quickly fills up despite having a relatively small volume of wood waste.

Dealing with various council-run waste amenity sites one of their biggest issues is the weekly and monthly costs of container skips containing waste wood. Many sites have in the past had to pay for multiple skip collections per week.

Some amenity sites have used roll packer machines, and indeed Gradeall at a time manufactured a roll packer. However, the customer experience told us that while somewhat effective they required someone to operate the machine like an excavator which was time-consuming and the end result was inconsistently crushed wood.

Gradeall developed its G140 Pre Crush compactor to tackle the issue of wood waste. With a heavy-duty sliding door at the end of the bale chamber, the waste is crushed against this door for a number of cycles before the door opens and the waste is then pushed into the waste container.
In the case of Carrickfergus amenity centre, they have seen 4-5 weekly skip collections drop down to 1 weekly collection of waste wood. The machine quickly shone as an example of the benefits of the pre-crush compactor which led to other councils choosing to place pre-crush compactors on their amenity sites.

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