WRA Waste Wood Market REPORT Winter 2023/2024
WRA Waste Wood Market Report: The UK’s waste wood market continued to grow in the last year and returned to pre-Covid trends despite a challenging operating environment. It is a ‘normal winter’ in the waste wood market, according to the latest report from the Wood Recyclers Association.
In December, operators reported a seasonal reduction in volumes sent to HWRCs (Household Waste Recycling Centres) and that the supply of waste wood in general was tightening. This has put the usual seasonal downward pressure on gate fees, particularly in the South East, where there has been additional competition for material from the export market.
The downturn in the economy means that some companies in the construction and demolition sector have had to pause projects or delay work, less home refurbishment is being carried out and consumer spending is down. It is felt that this could begin to impact waste wood arisings and demand for recycled products more generally.
The Wood Recyclers Association (WRA) was formed in 2001 and provides an effective voice for the wood recycling and reprocessing industry in the UK. In particular, they aim to:
- Influence environmental legislation
- Promote the sector to policymakers
- Assist members to understand and respond to changing market conditions, legislation and regulation
- Raise industry standards
- Develop wood sector bespoke and flexible solutions
- Provide a forum for the exchange of non-competitive information
- Proactively engage with other trade associations in the UK and Europe.