Wood You Waste It? TEESSIDE Firms Are Celebrating a Decision by Defra to Throw out Plans for a Ban on Waste Wood Going to Landfill. KELLEY PRICE Finds out More

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CAPTION: in here "Overly bureaucratic" and "difficult to enforce" - that's what Teesside companies say about a ban on sending waste wood to landfill.

They have applauded Defra's decision not to impose the ban, due to the added costs it would heap on businesses.

The market for recycled wood is already well-established, Teesside bosses say.

"Not imposing further restrictions on people is the right thing to do at this time," says Chris Hanlon, commercial manager for Biffa on Teesside.

"It would be overly-bureaucratic. "If you look at the stats, you would see that wood to landfill is seriously declining.

"We've got a large wood-burning power station at Wilton, and with that - and the likes of other companies - we've got enough in place without the Government imposing a ban.

"It would be incredibly difficult to enforce - how do you manage it? "If you have a skip-full of material, how do you inspect whether there's any wood in there? "Builders would have to start segregating every bit of waste; where it's practical, they already do this.

"There's a willingness from pretty much every avenue to recycle more.

"Landfill will die in this country in the future, it's certainly decreasing.

"And the Government has agreed with that.

"It's unnecessary rather than premature - we don't need another law telling us not to do something when we're working towards a solution anyway."

Wood, he added, is a saleable commodity for the smaller recyclers. "If they can extract it, they can make a small margin on it.

"Landfill costs are very high - who would benefit from a landfill ban? It's just more cost to industry."

Peter Scott, transport manager at Scott Brothers, which offers skip hire among other services, agrees.

"It's a commodity at the end of the day.

"We haven't been burying wood for the last four or five years, we've been saving it for the wood plant at ICI.

"It would cost more to bury it."

Now they're going a step further - all the waste wood that arrives in collected skips will be segregated and sent to a biomass boiler that's being installed.

It's all part of the company's ambitious plans to generate its own green power and bring its large site entirely off-grid.

One of the region's biggest solar photovoltaics parks - 342 panels - is being installed on the vast roofs at the company's Haverton Hill site. …