tanalised wood

Recycling Tanalised Wood

Tanalised or pressure-treated wood has undergone chemical preservative treatment meaning it is therefore classed as hazardous waste by the Environment Agency (Grade D). This means it is vital that the wood is disposed of in a legal yet sustainable manner. HBS Waste can offer a service that caters for the disposal of all treated wood. This is because we can control the entire process, from transport to processing, right through to disposal.

Tanalised Wood

There are various ways to identify tanalised wood; firstly, newly tanalised wood will have a green appearance to it, secondly, it will be marked with a treated stamp. However, this wood is often resized and cut down, therefore removing the stamp. The green colour also deteriorates over time, evolving to a gold, then later a silver colour. The wood may also have an oily or chemical aroma, as opposed to a natural smell.

Another visible test is to measure the width of the wood, as tanalised wood is often wider and thicker than untreated wood. However, if none of these signs are obvious then the wood can be chemically tested using a swipe test kit, which will confirm if the wood has been pressure treated or not.

Pressure Treated Wood

How we dispose of Tanalised wood

We believe our approach is the most sustainable option available to date. This is because we offer a range of disposal solutions, each best suited to different conditions and types of tanalised wood. HBS Waste is not simply a glorified waste broker that collects and handles tanalised wood, sending the product to another company’s disposal site.

Instead, we offer a one stop shop for all disposal needs in-house. We dispose of the treated wood using a Waste Incineration Directive compliant combined heat and power plant. This results in the production of renewable energy in the form of heat and electricity for poultry housing, and to power drying floors for animal bedding.

Alternatively, if the wood is of good enough quality, we may upcycle it by reshaping and repurposing it. This means that as well as offering a sustainable solution we can also offer a competitive price for the disposal and recycling of tanalised wood.

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How we dispose of Tanalised wood

Benefits of our approach

We can cater for individual disposal jobs, as well as continuous contracts, by building long-term working relationships. Either way you can be sure that the tanalised wood is being put to good use in an eco-friendly way. We recycle 100% of the product ourselves, in order to reduce material that would potentially be sent to landfill.

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