Wood for recycling is graded from A to D based on how it needs to be recycled and what it can be used for. Mixing higher graded woods with lower grades, such as MDF and hardboard, can limit the options for disposing of the wood, so it’s important to make sure you’re receiving good advice.
Grade A wood has the most uses once it has been recycled, whilst some woods are classed as hazardous (grade D) because they have been treated with preservatives, and these need to be disposed of separately.
To help you find the most appropriate use for the wood you are looking to recycle, and to provide guidance to those wanting to dispose of it, wood waste that comes into the Oakbank Waste Management Ltd site is graded in four bands from A to D.
Grade A or ‘Clean’
- Material produced from pallets and secondary manufacture.
- Suitable for producing animal bedding and mulches.
Grade B or ‘Dirty’
- Industrial feedstock grade, including grade A, but mixed with construction or demolition waste.
- Suitable for making panel board.
Grade C or ‘Mixed’
- Fuel grade, this is made from grade A and B materials, plus waste from municipal collections and civic amenity sites.
- Usually used for biomass fuel.
Grade D or ‘Hazardous’
- This includes all grades of wood, including treated material, such as fencing and track work, and requires disposal at special facilities.
At Oakbank Waste Management Ltd, we accept a broad range of wood and store it in bays before transporting it off site for reprocessing.
We can advise you on the different grades of wood and how best to separate them to ensure the most cost effective collection and recycling service, as well as helping you decide on the type of container to use to collect your wood, where best to site the container, and the frequency of collection.
What We Accept
- Solid softwood and hardwood
- Packaging waste (e.g. pallets, crates & wooden boxes)
- Process off-cuts from joinery or manufacturing
- Demolition wood
- MDF (e.g. kitchen units)
- Chipboard (e.g. kitchen units)
What We Can’t Accept
- Transmission poles
- Railway sleepers
- Cooling towers