Protecting the environment
Now more than ever, everyone needs to come together to conserve our natural resources, nurture and protect our natural environment and, where possible, repair damage and reverse trends. Over the last 50 years more wildlife, trees and plants have been lost than in the previous 500 years*.
Brighton & Hove Wood Recycling Project is playing its part. In line with national policy seeking to develop a circular economy for public benefit [link here], we divert reusable reclaimed timber away from landfill and incineration. We collect domestic and commercial waste wood like joists, plywood, chipboard, demolition wood, dismantled sheds, fencing, decking, pallets, and crates.
In 2019, we diverted over 830 tonnes of wood from disposal.
By reducing the need for skips or heavy-duty skip lorries, our collections trucks not only save carbon emissions but also save customers money. We load the wood practically to save void space, getting more wood onto the load and causing less fuel consumption.
We're here to save good timber from landfill and indiscriminate incineration. Often what is described as recycling wood means a quick trip to the chipper and burner with little or no energy capture.
If you recycle glass, paper, or metal, it will be made into something new again. Recycling wood does not result in a new tree and misses the opportunity of saving useful timber. As wood stores CO₂, released when it is burned, we re-use as much of your waste wood as possible, keeping the CO₂ stored in the timber – a much healthier option.
About 75% of what we collect can be re-used for DIY timber or made into products like bee hives, benches, or bird boxes. Unusable waste wood is sent for chipping for animal bedding or timber board products with as little as possible going to the best biomass burning options where its embodied energy is captured efficiently for heat and electricity.
We support and actively work towards the Government’s aims for a circular economy – reducing the linear waste stream of manufacturing, use and disposal for more of a regenerative approach. We’re trying to design waste out of the equation for a more natural and resourceful society.
You can see the impact and benefits of our work here.
*Source: RSPB 2020
We are part of the National Community Wood Recycling network. To visit their site or find a more local group, please click here