Starts UK import as waste wood market reverses
Geminor has imported its first vessel of waste wood into the UK for recycling. The import comes as a response to the reverse in the UK market, and represents the beginning of a planned 50 000 tonnes import in 2020.
The first shipment of treated waste wood has arrived to the UK from Norway, representing the start of a coming import stream of waste wood to the UK market. The first loads of waste wood managed by Geminor is to be utilized in the panel board industry and in the growing domestic biomass market in the UK.
The international resource management company is expecting to import more than 50 000 tonnes of waste wood to the market in 2020, but this is only the beginning, says Senior Account and Development Manager at Geminor UK, Oliver Caunce.
– We are seeing a trend of increased demand for waste wood in the UK, which is also confirmed by recent data from the Wood Recyclers Association (WRA). A higher domestic recovery capacity is surpassing the current waste wood supply, which opens for import from Europe for the first time in Geminor history.
– COVID-19 has to some extent affected the supply of waste wood, but as industry activity is returning, the market deficit is becoming more apparent. The market has also reversed due to several new biomass EfW plants coming online with demand for more waste wood for recovery, says Oliver Caunce.
As a confirmation of this ongoing trend, the WRA recently reported a fall in waste wood export from the UK by 39 percent in 2019.
Building a new waste stream
In 2019, Geminor managed the supply of over 185,000 tonnes of waste wood across Europe and Scandinavia for both recycling and recovery. Waste wood is a growth area and is now also becoming important to Geminor UK, which until now primarily has been exporting RDF fuels from the UK market.
– The waste wood import to the UK is an important milestone for Geminor UK, and we are expecting to increase this import further by entering more contracts in the coming year. In addition to Scandinavia – France, Germany and the Benelux are surplus waste wood markets that will supply the UK recycling and recovery industries in the time to come, says Senior Account and Development Manager, Oliver Caunce.
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