Disposing of waste wood in an environmentally friendly way is more important than ever. Let us take care of it for you.
If you’re having work done on your trees or hedges, you’ll be amazed at how much waste wood is created. The UK currently produces around 5 million tonnes of waste wood every year, two-thirds of which is low quality offcuts that can’t be effectively re-used.
Getting rid of this waste in an environmentally responsible way is vital to help combat climate change, though it can be time consuming and expensive. If you don’t want to risk contributing to the growing landfill problem, you’ll need to hire a professional to dispose of your waste responsibly.
At Climbers Way Tree Care, not only will we clear up all waste wood produced from work we conduct, we’ll also make sure the wood is used in the most environmentally friendly way possible. In this guide we’ll help you understand more about what we do with your waste wood. Want to know more? Get in touch and we’ll talk you through our environmental commitments.
What can be done with different types of waste wood?
First let’s talk through the types of waste wood that are created from different tree and hedge works. Collectively these are referred to as arisings.
Brushwood refers to small branches and other smaller pieces of debris created by tree surgery. This can come from either trees or hedges. For instance, when we undertake crown thinning or crown reductions, we would expect a large quantity of brushwood to be created.
Timber refers to larger pieces of wood, such as wood created by tree felling, or from removing larger branches of a tree. Removing an entire tree naturally creates a huge quantity of timber.
Many people don’t realise that you can’t put arisings into your normal garden waste bin. If you were to undertake tree or hedge work yourself, you would either need to dispose of the offcuts yourself by taking them to the tip, or arrange for a specialist wood recycling company to take it away. In either of these situations there is no guarantee that the wood will be disposed of responsibly. Whilst good quality wood can be reused in various ways, most arisings are too low-quality and could even be sent to landfill.
Whatever the job, and whatever arisings are created from the work, our tree surgeons will always keep your garden or site clear of debris, and dispose of all brushwood and timber responsibly at the end of the job. We know that environmentally-friendly business practices are more important than ever, and we’re committed to doing our bit to help combat climate change.
Both brushwood and timber can be used to create wood chippings. We process brushwood into wood chippings on site, before transporting them away for onward use. We remove timber whole, taking it away to another site to convert it to wood chippings.
What do tree surgeons do with wood chippings?
Wood chippings can be very useful. They can be used for paths, animal bedding, or even composted down into mulch which can help your garden. However, there is a growing industry in converting wood chippings into biomass to use in power generation. According to the Wood Recyclers Association, 3.1 million tonnes of waste wood is used in this way, creating enough energy to supply one million UK households.
Timber requires special equipment to effectively convert it into wood chippings. However, once chipped, it burns at a higher temperature than brushwood, making it even more effective as a fuel source for power generation. Brushwood is easier to handle and can be chipped on site, after which it can be transported directly to a biomass processing plant.
At Climbers Way Tree Care we have the equipment and expertise to deal with and transport your waste wood. We have chippers which will deal with brushwood on site, giving us wood chippings we can take to the biomass processing plant. With timber, we’ll transport the wood to a separate site to have it chipped with specialist equipment, after which it’s taken to the biomass processing plant.