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Community Wood Recycling releases 2021/22 impact report

Commercial waste wood collection service ‘Community Wood Recycling’, has released its Social and Environmental Impact Report for the 2021/22 financial year.

CWRThe report shows some positive outcomes of the company's service, which comprises a network of social enterprises collecting and reusing waste wood and creates jobs and training for disadvantaged people. It aims to ‘save resources’ and ‘change lives’.

In the report, Community Wood Recycling recorded savings of ‘24,023 tonnes’ of wood from the waste stream, saving ‘12k tonnes’ of CO2. The waste wood saved led to ‘10,367 hours’ of training and ‘262 years’ of paid work.

The labour-intensive activity of collecting and reusing waste provides a wide range of disadvantaged people – ‘including ex-offenders, those coming through substance abuse, learning difficulties, or mental health issues’ – with the means to build their confidence, self-esteem and learn new skills. CWR aims to help these individuals overcome barriers to finding employment.

Community Wood Recycling also estimates that ‘every tonne of wood collected also saves around half a tonne of carbon emissions.’

The Social and Environmental Impact Report finds that Community Wood Recycling enabled the reuse of ‘9,536 tonnes’ of wood in 2021/22, stating that ‘40 per cent was pushed up the waste hierarchy into reuse; used by the community for DIY/building projects or firewood, or made into a whole range of beautiful products from bird boxes to dining tables.’

The report also notes that ‘14,487 tonnes’ of wood was recycled, where ‘60 per cent was sent for recycling into woodchip[s], used in the manufacture of particleboard, animal bedding, or as carbon neutral fuel in power stations.’