According to the UK Wood Recyclers Association the UK generates around 9 million tonnes of post-consumer waste wood each year. In 1996 less than 2% was recycled; ten years later the proportion had risen to over 16%.

Wood-based panels, including particleboard, chipboard, hardboard and MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) provide a growing market for recycled wood, whether a by-product of manufacturing or post-consumer waste.

Other markets are growing rapidly too. In 1996 over 95% of UK recycled wood fibre was delivered to panel board mills. Today over 25% is accounted for by new markets like landscaping products, specialist equine surfaces and animal and poultry bedding.

The longer the wood stays in use, the longer the carbon sink effect of the product.

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