Timber recycling is a form of recycling which is one of the most common due to the nature of the material itself – wood! Like any other recycling, it serves to repurpose waste products into products which can be re-used.
Some of the benefits of timber recycling are as follows:
- Reduce carbon footprint – carbon locked away in plants and timber help in reducing the impacts of carbon. Traditionally, waste timber would have been sent away to be burnt or end up in landfill, where carbon can escape due to the breakdown of the timber. Recycling ensures that carbon is continued to be locked away in wood form and used for decades to come.
- Reduce risk of deforestation – timber and logging often destroy natural habitats – there are well-known documented cases in the forests of Borneo, where illegal logging often leads to the displacement of native fauna (including mammals and more famously, the orang-utans native to endemic to the island). In the long term, with less demand for new timber, there will be a natural effect resulting in the slowdown of deforestation and illegal logging.
Here are some little known recycling facts that you might not have known:
– Timber recycling started back in 1948 – the Golm transmitter in Germany was made of timber which was recycled and lasted 31 years!
– A mature hardwood tree can remove over 2 tonnes of carbon dioxide at maturity!
– More carbon dioxide is actually good for plants – it makes them more resistant to changes in the weather and healthier overall.
– It’s not about what you see as well – trees have sophisticated root systems underground and will assist in circumventing soil erosion.
– Trees cool down temperatures as well – the rainforests in areas of southeast Asia are able to keep cool from the sun when there is a thick layer of canopy – without this canopy, temperatures on the forest floor fluctuate too much to be able to support the diversity of other flora and fauna.