This month we talk to Ben Moss from Bristol Wood Recycling Project (BWRP).
Ben set up the recycling project in 2004 with the aims of:
BWRP is part of nationwide group of wood recycling projects - hopefully this episode will encourage you to seek out your local project and get involved... or start your own!
** Warning - there are a couple of choice, naughty words used in this episode.
According to a 2011 report from The Waste & Resources Action Programme, in 2010 up to 4.3 million tonnes (mt) of timber waste (not including ‘green waste’) was generated. This waste wood comes from a number of different sources including:
Wood waste from all sorts of building sites – including new builds and refurbishments – amounts to around 0.85mt per year (2010).
Each year, demolition also generates around 1mt (2010) of wood waste. Much of the stuff you will find in an architectural salvage yard – the old bricks, big chimney pots, fireplaces and butler sinks.
This includes wood waste from timber mills, joinery shops and from fencing, furniture and other wood products manufacture and is estimated to total around 0.4mt (2010) per year.
This amounts to around 1mt (2010) per year and includes packaging waste – such as crates, boxes and cable reels and a large proportion of the estimated 56 million (2009) pallets in the UK that are broken or just can’t be reused
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