The InFutUReWood’s Spanish partner, Timber Construction Research Group from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), contacted with Urkiondo Ekolur S.L., a recycling company from the Basque Country, Spain. The wood recycling facilities sited in Andoain were visited last July. This is one of the biggest companies in the Basque Country processing wood waste to chips for two different end-uses: particleboards manufacturing and energy production.

Wood waste arrives segregated from other materials at this plant. The origin of wood waste can be organic (pruning, thinning) or industrial (timber from demolition, pallets, furniture, carpenter’s workshop residues) and are processed separately for different end-uses. The organic wood waste is chipped twice in the same machine and used for energy production. The industrial wood waste (mainly timber from demolition) is reduced to chips and sold for particleboards manufacturing. A tour of the facilities, conducted by Mrs. Aitziber Ayerbe, provided a great understanding of the waste recycling process.

 

Industrial wood waste

Packaging wood waste

Processing wood waste to chips

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Acknowledgement: Project InFutUReWood is supported under the umbrella of ERA-NET Cofund ForestValue by Vinnova – Sweden's Innovation Agency, the Forestry Commissioners for the UK, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine for Ireland, the Ministry of the Environment for Finland, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture through the Agency for Renewable Resources for Germany, the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities for Spain, the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport for Slovenia.

Project InFutUReWood is supported under the umbrella of ERA-NET Cofund ForestValue

ForestValue has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 773324.

Acknowledgement: Project InFutUReWood is supported under the umbrella of ERA-NET Cofund ForestValue by Vinnova – Sweden's Innovation Agency, Formas, Swedish Energy Agency, the Forestry Commissioners for the UK, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine for Ireland, the Ministry of the Environment for Finland, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture through the Agency for Renewable Resources for Germany, the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities for Spain, the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport for Slovenia.

Project InFutUReWood is supported under the umbrella of ERA-NET Cofund ForestValue

ForestValue has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 773324.

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