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Wood WasteSawmilling industries all around the world produce large volumes of wood waste in the form of chip, sawdust, wood shavings, bark, sander dust and offcuts. Only around 1/3 of a tree felled actually becomes usable timber, with the remainder ending up as residues either in the forest or after sawmilling operations. Sawmill wood waste utilisation strategies should not only limit the environmental impacts of waste generation, but also consider the economic benefits that can be achieved. The unplanned accumulation of wood waste can  'clog' the mill leading to serious production constraints, as well as cause safety hazards such as tripping, air quality and fire. The following wood waste utilisation resources are currently available:

  • Technical factsheets with tips and techniques for using wood waste in PNG
  • Video and news article about using wood offcuts for classroom furniture


Wood waste pamphlets:

Typical wood waste streams comprise solid timber and a combination of waste material such as timber shavings, sawdust and veneer panel/board trims. As waste recycling is achieved, more opportunities usually open up. As these improvements are sustained, good economic and business practices are usually observed. These 5 pamphlets look at managing wood waste during the product design and manufacturing stages. They are outputs of the ACIAR Project: Enhancing value added wood processing in Papua New Guinea

From wood waste to classroom comfort:

Rimbunan Hijau (RH), Queensland University of technology (QUT), Engineered Wood Products Australia (EWPA) and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) joined in an exciting venture to design innovative new furniture for PNG elementary schools under the ACIAR Project: Development of durable engineered wood products in PNG and Australia. To find out more, see the news article and video below:

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