Veolia announces new facility for wood recycling

Veolia UK and Ireland has today (4 January) announced the opening of its new waste wood processing and recycling site in Cheshire.

The Runcorn Wood Recycling Facility will support the processing and recycling of an additional 50,000 tonnes of waste wood per year, on top of Veolia’s current figure of 410,000 tonnes.

Biomass wood recyclingThe facility, which will treat waste wood from Merseyside, is expected to reuse up to 80 per cent of the wood it receives, either as flooring, furniture or worktops.

High-grade wood will be processed by the facility and made into feedstock for animal bedding, spillage absorbents, fibre board, filtration systems, packaging and paint filler. Wood with a lower grade will be sent to Veolia’s biomass energy sites and turned into fuel to provide energy and heat.

Gavin Graveson, Executive Vice President of Veolia UK and Ireland, said: "To decarbonise our future and protect our planet we know it is essential to act now.

“We are continually developing our recycling and renewable energy services, and the opening of this new site highlights our commitment to boost sustainability, and cut the financial and environmental costs of wasting these materials.

"By giving this material a new use or transforming it into renewable energy we can cut our carbon emissions, reduce landfill and and help the UK reach its net zero carbon target.”