Machine Owners from Across North America Attend Rotochopper University 2020

Rotochopper owners and operators gathered at Rotochopper’s manufacturing facility in St. Martin, MN for training the last two weeks of February. The customer service department hosts Rotochopper University annually for companies that have purchased Rotochopper grinders during the past year. The two-day class includes a manufacturing facility tour, … [Read more...]

Pallet Wood Waste Now Allowed for Wood Pellet Fuel in the United States

On March 11, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Administrator, Andrew Wheeler, signed into regulation language that opens the path for wood pallet residuals to be sold as wood pellet fuel. This announcement will be welcome news for the many wood pallet recyclers who are challenged to find markets for the fiber they generate from wood … [Read more...]

Vecoplan Midwest Expands Team for Wood & Biomass

NEW ALBANY, IN – Vecoplan Midwest, LLC, a subsidiary of Vecoplan LLC, has augmented its sales team to increase its focus on wood and biomass markets. In addition, it welcomes a new engineer for projects and product development. “As a leader in shredding and pelletizing equipment, it is logical for us to add salespeople in areas where we can … [Read more...]

TIMCON welcomes Defra revision process on recycling targets, advocates for reuse and repair versus recycling

The Timber Packaging & Pallet Confederation (TIMCON) has welcomed Defra’s consultation on the UK extended producer responsibility (EPR) system for packaging. Defra is the UK's Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. TIMCON, which represents the wooden packaging and pallet industry in the UK and Ireland, says the process will … [Read more...]

7 Ideas to Give Your Old Wood Pallets a Second Life

Your old pallets can be still useful. You don’t have to throw them away. There are a lot of things you can do with them. If you were tasked to do an assignment where you have to give them a second life, or you now are thinking about creating something on your own, then here are a few ideas for you. Ideas on How to Use Old Wood Pallets   … [Read more...]

VTT develops a new sustainable way to turn forestry waste into transport fuels and chemicals

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd has developed a new technique based on gasification, which offers a sustainable way to turn forest industry byproducts, such as bark, sawdust and forestry waste, into transport fuels and chemicals. The new technique reduces carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 90% compared to fossil fuels. The … [Read more...]

NWPCA Releases Fire Code Compliance Manual for New Outdoor Wood Pallet Storage Codes

Incorporates Proven Best Safety Practices January 9, 2018.  The National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) has released a new industry resource publication, “NWPCA Fire Code Compliance Manual for Outdoor Storage of Wood Pallets.” The complimentary manual was produced to assist industry in compliance with the new outdoor pallet … [Read more...]

Sawlog Prices Likely to Continue Upward into 2018

Global sawlog prices were higher throughout the world in the 3Q/17 and are likely to continue upward into 2018 because of strong demand for lumber in key markets, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly Seattle, USA. The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) was up 5.1% from the 2Q/17 to the 3Q/17, with the biggest price increases occurring in Europe and … [Read more...]

Alberta’s Bioeconomy: Under Construction

Last week the Government of Alberta announced its fourth renewal of the Bioenergy Producer Program. Bioenergy program history is summarized as follows, based on published program information: 2007-2011:  Support for liquid biofuels, electricity and biogas  ($239 Million, original estimated allocation to this program as well as programs supporting … [Read more...]

Guide to eliminating construction waste through wood recycling

As much as 90 percent of Canada’s construction waste could be salvaged or recycled at a lower cost than landfill disposal or non-essential burning. While garbage disposal fees across Canada in the metropolitan area are about $85 per metric tonne, currently most urban construction C&D (wood) waste can be dropped off at a recycling facility for … [Read more...]