Assessment of types and levels of naturally occurring contaminants in virgin wood sources

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In support of legislation aimed at reducing the amount of material going into landfill, which includes waste generated by both industry and the general public, the government has invested time and money to encourage the reuse and/or recycling of secondary or waste products. Much of the investment made through the Wood programme of WRAP has been targeted at finding uses for recycled wood in finished products and in raising the standards and quality of wood recycling operations and the resulting recycled wood products.

Standards and specifications for the manufacture of products are being developed as more recycled material becomes incorporated into end use products. The standards and specifications already developed for a number of finished products include limits on the presence of chemical contaminants (inorganic constituents), particularly heavy metals originating from wood preservative treatments as these are likely to be encountered in waste wood collected.

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