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The Yorwaste waste management site at Harewood Whin near York, The Yorwaste waste management site at Harewood Whin near York, North Yorkshire
The Yorwaste waste management site at Harewood Whin near York.

Our commercial wood waste solutions will deal with all your recycling, collection, and disposal needs.

Many industries end up producing waste wood products as a side effect of their business and need a reliable, effective way to get rid of it. Here at Yorwaste, we help companies across North Yorkshire and the City of York by collecting, recycling, and disposing of their waste wood materials in volume.

We have our own wood waste recycling facility, based at our Harewood Whin waste transfer site in York. Here we process household and commercial wood waste to produce recycled wood fibre that can be put to a wide array of alternative uses.

Talk to us today about your commercial wood waste disposal needs and let us arrange a free waste audit and quote for our services.

What are commercial wood waste services?

Commercial wood waste services include the collection, recycling, and disposal of waste wood material from commercial and industrial businesses.

What is commercial wood waste?

Commercial wood waste is any wood by-products of commercial activities or manufacturing processes. This can be discarded branches from lumber-jacking and tree surgery, or left-over stumps from tree harvesting. Discarded timber from sawmills, furniture makers, and paper manufacturers also classes as wood waste. So too do broken pallets from the storage, packing, and haulage industry, as well as damaged and disused timbers from the building trade. Indeed, any wooden materials that cannot be reused or repurposed on-site and need to be discarded will class as commercial wood waste.

What are the different types of commercial wood waste?

Commercial wood waste falls into four distinct categories, each with its own guidelines and requirements for recycling and disposal. These categories are as follows:

Used wood waste

Any wooden materials that have been used and are either broken or no longer required. This includes wooden furniture, construction materials, pallets, crates, and other wooden packaging.

Scrap wood waste

Scrap wood waste is the off-cuts of timber sheets that have been processed in workshops or factories. This includes furniture makers, sawmills, paper mills, construction sites, and more.

Natural wood waste

Natural wood waste comes from various logging and arboricultural activities. This can include sawdust, pruned branches, tree stumps, and even whole trees if they have been removed for safety reasons, rather than harvesting.

Problem wood waste

Problem wood waste refers to any kind of wood that has been treated in a permanent or semi-permanent manner. This can include painted or varnished wood, laminated wooden boards, and so on.

What is commercial wood waste collection?

Commercial wood waste collection is a service we provide to businesses across the City of York and North Yorkshire area who produce large amounts of waste wood. Under the Waste Legislation and Environmental Protection Act, all waste materials need to be properly documented to ensure they have been disposed of correctly.

Here at Yorwaste, we have our own fleet of waste management vehicles. Our team will arrive at your site at a scheduled time to collect any wood waste that has accumulated. We handle all the heavy lifting, transferring your stored wood waste to our truck, ready to be transported to our waste transfer site and wood recycling facility in Harewood Whin.

When required, we will provide you with a Waste Transfer Note, containing legal documents signed by both parties to confirm the transfer of your wood waste to our facility. This will cover your responsibilities under Duty of Care legislation for the disposal of regulated waste.

What is commercial wood waste recycling?

When your wood waste arrives at our waste transfer facility, we separate it into different types of material. While most wood can be recycled, certain items – such as plywood and other composite materials – need to be recycled separately.

All wood products are processed using slow and high-speed shredders that reduced the wood to different sizes, depending on their future purpose. Eddy Current Separators are also used to removed any metal from the wood (usually stray nails, screws, bolts, and other fasteners). The recycled wood fibre can be put to numerous uses:


Wood chips are frequently used in landscaping projects, being a cheaper alternative to gravel and other natural stone. They improve soil drainage, help to regulate the temperature of the soil, and provide a pleasing, natural aesthetic.

Particle Board

Particle board, or chipboard, is made of processed wood chips that are mixed with a binding agent, before being pressed and extruded into sheets.

Animal Bedding

Small wood chips make excellent animal bedding for all kinds of animals, from household pets to farmyard animals and horses. It’s more economical than straw, easy to clear up, and harmless if ingested.

Biomass Fuel

Biomass boilers are popular on farms and in other rural settings. These multi-fuel boilers can utilise a range of fuel options, but most use wood chips as a cheap, convenient, and efficient fuel source.


Wood chips are a popular additions to compost piles, offering several benefits to the finished product. Being more rigid than other vegetable matter, they improve airflow through the compost, while also improving the carbon-to-nitrogen ratio.

What is commercial wood waste disposal?

Regretfully, some articles of wood waste cannot be recycled and these items need to be disposed of. This commonly includes items from the problem wood waste category – often wood that has been treated, painted, or laminated. Certain processed materials, such as MDF are also not suitable for recycling.

These types of waste wood are separated from the other material at our Harewood Whin waste transfer site and set aside. Once we have collected enough, we send it to a local landfill site, where it will either be added to the landfill or incinerated. We strive to recycle as much wood waste as possible and this wood waste accounts for a small percentage of the items we handle.

How should commercial wood waste be stored?

You should store your wood waste in designated bins that can be accessed by our collection team. The size of these bins will vary depending on how much wood waste your company produces. Areas of your site that create wood waste should have mobile collection carts or trolleys, where the wood can be quickly and safely deposited throughout the working day to eliminate tripping and fire hazards. Once full (or at the end of a shift) these can be taken and loaded into your primary collection bin.

Your wood waste collection bin should be covered when not in use, particularly if stored outside. Rain and snow can cause wood waste to rot, or rats and other vermin may try to nest in the container.

Benefits of commercial wood waste management

Our commercial wood waste collection, recycling, and disposal services offer several advantages to customers across the North Yorkshire area. These are some of the most important ones, based on feedback from our customers…

Environmental impact

A key benefit of wood waste management is its impact on the environment. Through recycling waste wood and repurposing it, we can reduce the number of trees that need to be harvested to produce those products from scratch.

Reduced energy costs

It is more fuel-effective to shred waste wood and reuse it in particle boards, landscaping, and biomass boilers than it is to trim and process solid wood. Furthermore, its use as a biomass fuel reduces the need for gas and oil burners.

Reduced risk of fire

Without a regular wood waste collection service, you can find your place of work accumulates piles of unwanted and unusable wood scraps. These are a potential fire risk, as well as a trip hazard for staff.

Commercial Wood Waste Recycling Serving the Following Areas in North Yorkshire:

Our commercial wood waste service is available to business customers in York, as well as those in and around the main market towns. We also serve businesses based in rural communities.

What sectors do you provide wood waste management services for?

We provide wood waste management solutions catered to the needs of many industry sectors. Our most common customers for this service include those in the manufacturing, building, factory and construction industry, where wood waste is a common by-product. Likewise, we work closely with customers in various manufacturing businesses who work in wood, including furniture makers and pallet manufacturers.

We work across all industry sectors in the City of York and North Yorkshire. Including the retail sector, officespubsrestaurants, trade units, workshops, and light industrial units. Our dedicated team of drivers and workers travel across the county, collecting and recycling commercial waste from companies in every sector.

Whatever industry you work in, if your produce substantial amounts of wood waste that need disposing of, Yorwaste can help. Get in touch with the team today for more information, to arrange a free waste audit, or to obtain a free, no-obligation quote.

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Yorwaste provides commercial wood waste collection, recycling, and disposal solutions to businesses in the City of York and across the North Yorkshire area. Send us a message or call the team today on 01609 774400 to find out what we can do to help you and your business.

Legal Compliance

The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 require businesses to;

  • Sort and store waste safely and securely
  • Ensure that you or your waste carrier has a valid waste carriers license and are registered to dispose of waste.

Failure to comply can risk a criminal conviction, fines, and seizure of assets. By signing up to Yorwaste you are meeting your obligation without the hassle of navigating through the legislation yourself.

FAQ’s & Help

What wood products do you recycle?

At our Harewood Whin recycling centre, we deal with the following type of wood waste: demolition timber, packaging timber (including wooden pallets and wooden crates), reclaimed timber, waste timber from the building industry, HWRC waste timber, skip and site clearance timber.

Why should I choose Yorwaste?

We have our own dedicated team of commercial wood waste disposal specialists. They will work closely with you to find innovative and effective ways for your company to eliminate waste and save money. We help you increase your level of commercial wood waste recycling, ensuring your business is compliant with current industry guidelines and legislation.

We provide our customers across North Yorkshire and the City of York with monthly management reports to keep you informed of our extensive range of sustainable disposal services.

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