Waste wood stockpiling sees gate fees increase

Furthermore, wood recyclers are still awaiting the opening of biomass facilities such as RWE npower’s 400,000 tonnes per year capacity plant at Markinch in Fife and E.On’s 270,000 tonnes per year capacity Blackburn Meadows plant, which are both in their commissioning phase.

Although rises in waste wood stockpiles and gate fees are common over the summer months due to a declining demand for feedstock, some wood recyclers have suggested the problem is more acute than in previous years.

Wood recyclers have been increasing gate fees over the last couple of months, with fees reaching as high as £65 for low grade wood in some parts of South England.

One wood recycler in the South of England also told letsrecycle.com that he expected prices of lower grade waste wood to continue to rise over the next month or two due to a lack of demand for the material.

Recyclers in Northern England, meanwhile, are seeing gate fees as high as £40 and many recyclers are being forced to increase stockpiles of material as they struggle to offload waste wood volumes.

One wood recycler in the North West of England told letsrecycle.com that plant shutdowns at several biomass plants and had added to the pressure to increase gate fees in England.

He said: “Yes it is seasonal, but it gets very acute and it is worse than most years. It will right itself and start to ease off towards the end of the year, as it usually does. But until UK consumption increases, this will be a common feature of the market.”

While there is increased demand for heat and power in the UK during the winter – as well as a higher demand for feedstock in export markets such as Sweden – biomass and chipboard plants can shutdown or decrease output over the summer making it harder for wood recyclers to offload waste wood.

The North West wood recycler added that biomass plants – such as E.On’s Steven’s Croft facility in Scotland; UPM’s Shotton plant in North Wales; and Kronospan’s facility in Chirk, near Wrexham – had all been taking in less waste wood over the summer months.

Furthermore, wood recyclers are still awaiting the opening of biomass facilities such as RWE npower’s 400,000 tonnes per year capacity plant at Markinch in Fife and E.On’s 270,000 tonnes per year capacity Blackburn Meadows plant, which are both in their commissioning phase.

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