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Up to 100,000 cubic metres of forest wood can be replaced by recycled raw material after the launch of a modern wood recycling centre at the SWISS KRONO plant in Żary. The plant will receive pre-cleaned raw material free of sand or nails, which will be used by one of the largest factories in Poland to manufacture new construction, furniture or floor panels.
In the second half of 2023, a wood recycling hub is planned to be commissioned at the SWISS KRONO plant in Żary.
Recycled raw material of full value will come to Żary from specialised recycling companies (which sort out used furniture, floors, windows or demolition wood and pre-treat it to remove nails and sand). In the SWISS KRONO plant, it will be thoroughly cleaned on a new, automated line. All "foreign matter" such as metals, plastics and stones will be removed. The wood material will be then transformed into technological woodchips to be used in the production of panels, and the recovered raw material in the form of metals or plastics will be returned to the Selective Collection of Municipal Waste (PSZOK) for further processing and use.
Poland already has several wood recycling lines, but the one being built in Żary is based on state-of-the-art solutions developed in recent years in Europe. It has been designed especially for SWISS KRONO. Its capacity is as much as 30 tonnes of raw material per hour.
- The installation will be completely clean, enclosed and emission-free, and therefore its operation will not affect local residents in any way, adds Jędrzej Kasprzak. - Chipped
post-consumed wood will be stored in an enclosed silo on the premises of the plant.
The investment in the recycling line is ahead of the trend for recovering post-consumed wood. This has not yet reached Poland. Although at PSZOK points Poles can return bulk waste, i.e. furniture or woodwork, free of charge; however, this is still a small-scale activity.
Recycled woodchip to replace wood from the forest
The logistics processes involved in supplying recycled raw material to the SWISS KRONO plant will not generate much transport traffic. This will remain at a similar level as before, as post-consumed wood will be partially replaced by raw material from the forest - up to 100,000 m3 of roundwood per year.
Recycling wood is a rational measure to support a circular economy, but it can also be profitable for producers. The supply of wood from forests is disproportionate to the needs of the market and its prices are constantly increasing. The availability of sawmill by-products, which are used to make panels, is also limited. The industry has to compete for sawdust and edgings with the energy sector, which buys huge quantities of them to generate energy from biomass subsidised as RES. Wood recovery and reprocessing is therefore not only justified from an ecological point of view, but is also necessary from an economic point of view.