Waste Wood Exports Fall By 39% In 2019

Exports of waste wood from the UK fell by 39 percent in 2019, a survey from the Wood Recyclers Association (WRA) shows, as demand from the domestic panel board and biomass sector increased.


The annual statistics give the clearest indication of the waste wood market, as there is no government data and members of the Association represent more than 90 percent of the market.

Other standout figures from the data, which covers the 2019 calendar year, show the amount of waste wood processed in the UK rose by 6 percent to 3.98 million tonnes.

Julia Turner, executive director of the WRA, said: “We hope that such a healthy end to 2019 will stand us in good stead for surviving the impact of Covid-19, and are thrilled to see that with an estimated 4.5 million tonnes of waste wood available in the UK, so much of it is now being recycled or reprocessed.”

The survey showed WRA members alone processed more than 3.5 million tonnes of waste wood in 2019. This is an increase of 4.3 percent from 2018, when 3.4 million tonnes were processed.

The WRA estimates this would take the UK’s total waste wood processing figure to 3.98 million tonnes.

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