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Wood Waste Recycling

November 14, 2020     News

Wood is a common material humans use in daily life. Just like wood, Wood waste is a precious resource that is abundantly available in the forest and woodcraft business. Wood waste is applicable for repurposing, material recycling or energy production, depending on the quality grade.

The term “waste wood” includes all woods and wood-based products that have come to the end of their product lifespan and therefore fall under the definition of waste.

What is Wood Waste Recycling?

Wood waste recycling is the process of turning waste wood into usable products. Products generated from scrap wood recycling are used in such sectors as paper production, panel board production, wood pellets, energy production, and more. Other than the increasing cost of the limited wood resources, the rising cost of waste material disposal and a growing consciousness for the environment also contribute to focusing on waste wood recycling.

Is wood recyclable?

Yes for sure, most wood waste can be given a second life by reusing as a building material. Wood recycled into mulch for landscaping or pulp for paper production. The worst grade of wood can be used profitably as an alternative fuel. In short, reusing and recycling woods reduces carbon footprint.

How to collect and recycle wood?

To categorize the different types of wood products is imperative, so you can recycle those that are able to be recycled. The specific wood waste recycling process varies depending upon the type of products being recycled by wood recycling centers and the technologies that are employed. If you have a home shredder or a saw at home, we recommend to size reduce the wood waste first before transporting.

  • Weighing
  • Manual sorting according to the waste wood grades
  • Primary shredding by single shaft shredder or wood chipper
  • Separating of recyclable material (e.g. metals) by metal separator
  • Secondary (fine) shredding/granulating by crusher or grinder

The recycled wood in 4 Grades:

Many wood recycling companies simply define wood waste as “clean”, “dryer” or “dirty”, but this is not clear. Also, note that most of the wood waste contains metal like nails and springs.

  • Grade A: “Clean” recycled wood – material produced from pallets and secondary manufacture etc.  Solution: Suitable for producing animal bedding and mulches.
  • Grade B: Industrial feedstock grade – including grade A material plus construction and demolition waste. Solution: suitable for making panelboards.
  • Grade C: Fuel grade – this is made from all of the above material plus that from municipal collections and civic amenity sites. Solution: used for biomass fuel.
  • Grade D: Hazardous waste – This includes all grades of wood including treated material such as fencing and trackwork.  Solution:  disposal at special facilities.
Wood Waste Recycling

Shredded wood chips

Wiscon’s take on wood waste management

Wiscon’s successful wood waste management practices and strategies help reduce environmental impacts, save costs and to provide new opportunities.

Ecological impact – The benefit of wood recycling is saving trees and forests. Wood recycling also helps reduce environmental impact by preventing less trash from ending up in landfills.

Save energy  – Wood waste recycling helps reduce energy costs. When products are made out of virgin material, energy is expended to extract and process these materials, and that includes burning fossil fuels. Besides, it takes energy to conduct machines to cut down a tree.

New opportunities – Wood waste recycling matches with the ever-evolving customer demand for recycled products. For example, the expanding avenue of renewable power in the form of biofuel. The sources for biomass feedstock include industrial wood waste, lumber yards, industry wood residues, urban tree waste, and municipal solid wood waste, including construction and demolition debris.

Wiscon’s way on wood recycling

Wiscon Envirotech has a clear objective of wood recycling: ALL CAN BE RECYCLED. Wood waste like furniture, box, keg, chopstick, pallet and trimmings can go into our industrial wood shredder. Our large crushing chamber and sturdy knife guarantee it produces 10-40mm wood chips from 400kg to 5000kg/hr.  The customizable screen determines the output size of wood chips. The dedust system ensures the site is free of dust. The end-products are feedstock for panel board, animal beddings and biomass fuel, depending on your infeed materials.

For complete wood waste management, Wiscon Envirotech provides detailed solutions from primary shredding to crushing, from dedusting to metal removal, from material reception to loading.


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