Local wood recycling factory invests in green energy

Our local wood recycling factory Kronospan in Chirk is investing in a new 32MW green biomass CHP heating plant to help reduce waste and lower their energy costs.  The site currently uses gas fired boilers and gas turbines on site – so using their non-recyclable waste as a fuel will cut their carbon footprint as well as reducing waste from the wood reprocessing operation.

The site near Oswestry - employs more than 600 people with 90% of the workforce living within a 10-mile radius of the Chirk site including Shropshire.  Furthermore the company supports another 2,500 local jobs indirectly so its great news for our local economy.  

The recycling operation takes in more than 350,000 tonnes of waste wood from across the region (including waste wood sourced from Shropshire Councils household recycling centers) which would otherwise have had to go to landfill.  The wood is shredded and dried and used to manufacture chipboard.  This is then used to make all sorts of products you use at home every day from your kitchen sideboards to your furniture.  The new biomass plant which recently received its environmental permit from the Environment Agency - will be fired with around 60,000 tonnes of production waste (this is predominantly the very fine fractions and dust that cannot be recycled).

It just goes to show the impact household recycling is having on our local economy, supporting local jobs and investment as well as protecting the environment.  None of this would be possible if your wood were simply dumped into landfill sites.  So next time you make a trip to the tip, make sure you separate out any wooden items before you go so they can be recycled.  Our sites all have separate recycling bays which accept all types of waste wood from old furniture and sideboards, to fence panels, skirting boards, doors, old wooden pallets and more.

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James Thompson James Thompson

Waste Prevention Officer, Waste Management, Shropshire Council

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