Save money and help save the planet by diverting waste away from landfill, with our wood waste recycling service
Wood is the ultimate renewable material, and here at Somerlap we are always looking for new, sustainable ways to recycle and reuse old pallets and waste wood.
Converting waste back into valuable new resources diverts material away from landfill, which could not only save your business money by reducing disposal costs, but will also help you with your corporate responsibility targets and improve your carbon footprint.
If you have a big pile of unwanted pallets, we can come and collect them and, depending on their condition, buy them from you or take them away to be chipped. We have been doing this for over 25 years, and chip up to 30 tonnes of recycled timber every week.
What happens to my wood?
- If your pallets are in good to fair condition, we’ll repair and resell them.
- For pallets that are beyond repair, approximately 30% will be chipped and burnt on site to produce heat for our pallet and timber drying kiln and all our workshop heating. The rest is sold for boiler heat and animal bedding, plus a little for ground cover use.
We also recycle all the plastic sheeting that protects the packs of timber, plus all the nails that are removed from the old pallets. This can be up to 1 tonne per month!
Contact our friendly team to arrange your waste wood collection.
Our other green initiatives
Just this year, we switched to F&S Energy who only use renewable energy sources. This is part of the big plan to take surplus energy from our recently installed solar panels and install a battery pack in the next few months. Not only will this reduce the energy we use, it will make use of free energy from the sun! You can find out more about this here.
Electric cars emit fewer greenhouse gases and air pollutants than petrol or diesel cars, even taking into account their production and electricity generation to keep them running. We already have three electric cars in operation and have recently welcomed our first all-electric van into our fleet. We are currently researching alternatives to replace our larger diesel vehicles.