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Brochures

Author: Timber Development Association (NSW)
A brochure developed to assist companies to reuse and recycle more end-of-life wood pallets and crates and answer some concerns about the sterilisation, fumigation and immunisation methods used to prevent the spread of pests and diseases into and around Australia.

Data and Statistics

Author: NTPSG

Guidelines, Protocols and Standards

Authors: NSW Environment Protection Authority and Timber Development Association (NSW)

A specification for the manufacturing of bedding for poultry from urban wood including end-of-life wood pallets and packaging.
Authors: NSW Environment Protection Authority and Timber Development Association (NSW)

A guideline to assist timber recyclers with manufacturing bedding for poultry from urban wood including end-of-life wood pallets and packaging
Authors: NSW Environment Protection Authority and Timber Development Association (NSW)

A case study showing the benefits of manufacturing poultry bedding from clean end-of-life timber pallets, crates, and timber offcuts.
Authors: NSW Environment Protection Authority and Timber Development Association (NSW)

A case study showing the benefits of using broiler chicken bedding derived from recovered urban wood.
Author: National Timber Product Stewardship Group
A guide developed to assist timber recyclers identify and remove copper-based preservative treated timber from timber recycling and renewable energy wood products.
Author: Timber Queensland
These two Recycled Timber Interim Industry Standards have been prepared by Timber Queensland with input and development from stakeholders, including industry associations, representatives of the recycled timber industry, government, researchers and specifiers. It is intended that these interim standards will be apllied and used for a period of time after which they will be reviewed and amended as needed prior to being submiteed to Standards Australia for consideration for developments as a formal Australian Standard.
Author: Timber Development Association (NSW)
A protocol developed to assist infrastructure managers and timber recyclers to recovery and recycle more redundant wood utility poles and timber from the demolition of road and rail bridges in New South Wales.

Occupational Health and Safety

Author: Australian Wood Panels Association
When reusing and recycling wood the same precautions need to be taken as those taken when working with new wood. This brochure has been prepared by the Australian Wood Panels Association to assist companies and individuals manage OH&S issues.

Strategy

2008 Progress Report (PDF, 0.1 MB)
Author: NTPSG
Timber - More Life (PDF, 0.3 MB)
Author: NTPSG
A Product Stewardship Strategy for Post-consumer Timber and Wood Products.

Strategy Background Reports

Author: NTPSG
A final project report, it includes an estimate of current disposal of timber and a detailed examination of barriers to increased recovery.
Author: NTPSG
This report examines what preservative treated timber and wood products are being consumed in Australia, the preservatives that are being used and historical and current trends.
Author: NTPSG
A study to qualify and to some extent quantify the timber waste stream as occurs from demolition of housing, stripout and industrial building demolition. Assists in better understanding where timber demolition waste comes from, goes to and actions that can be taken to divert more timber away from landfill.
Author: NTPSG
A study to map the flow of timber packaging and pallets throughout Australian, and identify opportunities to increase the diversion of this timber material from landfill.
Author: NTPSG
Author: NTPSG
A review of international extended producer responsibility (EPR) initiatives and assess their applicability to product stewardship of waste timber in Australia. The report discusses the background to producer responsibility, different interpretations that apply in different parts of the world and the current status of EPR programs.

Studies

Author: Timber Development Association (NSW)
It is estimated that 290,000 tonnes of wood pallets and crates are disposed of around Australia each year. This study, completed in 2008, characterised this distinct waste stream to assist further increases in recovery for reuse, recycling and renewable energy. Representative sampling was done on over 6,600 cubic metres of stockpiled wood packaging at nine sites in three states. A range of characteristics such as density, dimensions, source and markings where recorded. Samples were also analysed for the presence of timber preservatives.
Authors: J. Hann, G. Daian, L.J. Cookson and S. Przewloka
This study aims to provide a review of guidelines and make recommendations of appropriate allowable levels of preservatives in products from wood waste, referenced against major end use classes and dominant timber treatments. In addition, the project highlights the discrepancies between mandated exposure limits for the chemical constituents and the recycling industry guidelines and the risks associated with the recommended concentration limits of the commercially used preservatives in wood recycling applications.

Timber Recycling Signs

Author: Sustainability Victoria
Recycling signs for a large range of materials, including timber, can be downloaded for free from the website of Sustainability Victoria.