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Enfield Council calls on residents to twig over wood recycling

Published Wednesday, 01 August 2012

Council helps residents to reuse or recycle wood rubbish

Residents are being urged to do everything they can to recycle wood as part of a drive to reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill and reduce expensive fees charged to the borough.

Wooden furniture and building materials are generally bulky and heavy and Enfield Council is keen to make sure items in good shape are either reused or recycled to reduce the amount of material that destroyed by burial or incineration.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: "One person's waste is another person's treasure and the vast majority of the wood that comes through Barrowell Green could be reused or recycled rather than sent to landfill.

"We want to make sure residents choose the best option for their waste, people in Enfield are doing a tremendous job in increasing their recycling rates but I'd urge them to think long and hard about whether their unwanted chairs or tables really need to be thrown in a skip and destroyed.

"We have a lot of families in Enfield that would be delighted to have unwanted good quality second hand furniture so I'd urge people to reuse wherever they can."

Enfield Council's partner Re-Store offers an unlimited free collection of re-useable furniture which is sold on at a minimal charge to people on low income. Alternatively furniture can be taken to the Barrowell Green Recycling Centre in Barrowell Green, Winchmore Hill, to the Re-store Centre.

Clean wood can also be taken to Barrowell Green where it is either taken to board mills to be recycled into chipboard or plywood or converted into animal bedding, depending on the quality.

Dirty wood, that is unsuitable for recycling is sent to an energy recovery plant to generate electricity for the National Grid.

People can also use the doorstep recycling service for small twigs and branches, hedge clippings and the like but the best strategy for dealing with unwanted wooden products is to donate them for reuse, either through the free Restore collection service,  charity shops or online at websites such as http://www.freecycle.com/.

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