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Reduced charges for disposal of wood waste at the Energy-from-Waste Facility 21 December 2006

The Department of Local Government and the Environment, following consultation with members of the waste industry, has agreed to introduce a temporary reduction in the cost of disposing of dedicated loads of wood waste to the Energy-from-Waste facility. The charge, effective from 1st January 2007, will be £35 per tonne. This price reduction will be kept under review by the Department as part of the long-term aim of increasing the options for reusing and recycling wood waste.

All treated and untreated wood will be accepted. However there are certain size restrictions. Wood waste with a thickness or diameter of more than 50 mm must be shredded. The length of any one piece of wood must not exceed 1.5m long.

Minister for Local Government and the Environment, John Shimmin, said

‘A sustainable waste management strategy includes the need to identify, or develop, markets for materials which can be recycled or reused. There are many options for the reuse/recycling of untreated wood, many of which on a small scale are already being carried out on the Island. However at present there is no commercial demand for larger quantities ‘waste wood’. It is imperative therefore that we ensure a disposal route for this material which is as environmentally secure as possible. The reduction in gate fee for all wood waste is a pragmatic response to the current situation”.

The proposal has been welcomed by the waste industry as a measure to address the current need for a strategic disposal route for larger tonnages of wood waste.

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