Businesses, manufacturers and retailers are often oblivious about how much wood goes into the waste they produce. But with the help of a socially responsible and sustainable expert waste management company, waste reduction through upcycling is possible.
Upcycling is the process of reusing waste materials and transforming them into something new. Unlike recycling, which breaks waste products down to form an entirely new object, upcycling is more like repurposing and bringing new life to an old or unwanted product.
The Impact of Upcycling
Nowadays, there is an ever-increasing awareness of the impact of waste on the environment. Sustainability is a growing movement, and more people now aim for a less- to zero-waste lifestyle. Upcycling waste doesn’t only encourage sustainability, it is also a cost-efficient and fulfilling way of saving the environment.
Even the North London Waste Authority is doing its part in inspiring Londoners to “reuse, repair and upcycle.” Partnering with organisations that are dedicated to the environmental cause, they launched the London Upcycling Show in 2016. The event aims to help aspiring upcyclists and experienced exhibitors alike to learn more about upcycling and to experience it firsthand.
Kinds of Wood Waste
The UK generates millions of tonnes of wood waste each year and only half of it gets recycled or upcycled. This is most likely because not all wood waste can be repurposed. Some wood chips and boards can’t be treated and are used as biomass wood. Biomass-fueled power plants burn discarded wood to produce electricity. Hazardous wood waste that may contain toxic chemicals is another example of wood that cannot be recycled or upcycled. These types of wood may require a different method of disposal.
Safe wood waste matter, however, is categorised as:
- Clean Wood – Solid hardwood and softwood waste fall into this category as do plywood and wood chips. Discarded soft and hardwood are more commonly used in upcycling projects. The thinner, smaller wood chips and boards can be used for DIY projects and finishing touches.
- Dirty or Mixed Wood – These are industrial wood waste materials that are easy to treat. Upcyclers and waste management companies usually have the equipment to remove contaminants and other chemicals that may have been mixed with wood. Be sure to look out for plastic, glass, or other components that might cause problems in the machinery used to clean and decontaminate wood.
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What Can Be Made Out of Wood Waste
Waste management companies and upcyclers can turn unwanted materials into functional pieces of furniture, among other projects. For instance, pallets that come with heavy deliveries often end up chucked into waste heaps or landfills. But these hardwood products are versatile and can be repurposed as tables and lawn chairs for furniture or interior design businesses and animal beddings for agricultural use. Blockboard that’s typically used to protect the corners and sides of fragile items while shipping can be reused for furniture embellishments. Even old furniture and office equipment can be given new life.
If your office is looking into replacing aged furniture or you don’t know what to make of that pile of wood in the corner of your warehouse, we can collect them for you. Our wood recycling and waste management solutions cater to commercial or consumer needs, alike.
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