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Community Wood Recycling welcomes UN agreements on Methane and Forestry at COP26

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The leaders’ summit at COP26 delivered pledges promising to end deforestation and cut methane emissions by 30% of 2020 levels by 2030. We welcome both commitments; we are in the business of saving wood so it will come as no surprise that the forestry pledge is close to our hearts, but did you know how important our work is in fighting methane emissions?

When Richard Mehmed set up the country’s first wood recycling project in 1998, almost all waste timber was being sent to landfill. There it would decay and give off methane, a gas that has now been found to be responsible for a significant proportion of the 1C of warming the world has already experienced.

Methane has received less focus than CO2 in the fight against global warming as it stays in the atmosphere for a shorter time. The potential benefits of limiting emissions are huge – scientists believe it could help the world avoid 0.3C of warming by 2040.

The growth of wood recycling by chipping over the last 20 years has meant that far less wood is ending up in landfill than was the case in 1998. However, the Wood Recyclers Association estimates that at least 600,000 tonnes of UK waste wood is unprocessed and is at risk of being landfilled annually. We are proud to have been in the vanguard of keeping wood out of landfill and of course we guarantee that none of the timber we collect will ever end up in the ground.

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From waste wood to sustainable products

This month we’d like to give you an insight into how we turn the timber we collect from you into beautiful handcrafted products.

Each piece of wood that comes back to our yard is sorted to ensure it is reused in the best possible way.  We sell longer lengths to the community via our reclaimed timber store, but it’s the shorter bits that allow us to carry out the amazing transformations that we’re so passionate about.

Christmas Stars – just add lights! Just one of the products on display in the shop…

Our range covers everything from bird boxes to desks for home working, and includes bespoke sheds and a wide range of furniture for your home and garden.

The wood magic happens in our workshop and you can see all our products on display in the shop at our site in Litchurch Lane, Derby.

Right now we’re having a re-vamp of the shop layout so why not drop in and tell us what you think, have a look around and do a bit of shopping. We’re open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00am – 3:30pm and Saturday 9:00am – 12:30pm

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MOVING: Update

Hi all,


We are a long way to having the new unit fitted out for us to move in.  A long running saga is to get power put into the unit and we have moved forward with this.  Power should be put in over the next week and we are aiming to be moved to the new unit by the 15th February.

Address etc will follow once we are confirmed as being in by this date.

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Moving to new premises

Hi all,

We are struggling to get on top of our move to different premises as there is a lot of timber etc to move.

As a result of this we are going to close the shop next week on Monday 9th, Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th Jan to give us a chance to get things moved over.

One additional problem is that there is no electric in the new unit and this is making it difficult to say when we will be up and running in the new place.

I will let you know as soon as I know

Sorry for any inconvenience caused