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Research based information on Scots pine properties and uses

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  • Easy to reuse or recycle: wood products can be reused as such or recycled for raw material for new products
  • Substitute the use of fossil fuels: at the end of the life cycle wood can be burnt for bioenergy substituting the use of non-renewable natural resources

Potential for recycling and source of energy

Wood, including Scots pine, is an ideal material for reusing purposes. In many cases, wooden products or parts of them are readily reusable with no or only slight modifications. Wooden furniture, pallets and packaging products and wood poles are good examples of such products. If no appropriate reuse applications exist, wooden products can be recycled as raw material for new products, such as different wood composite products, e.g. chip boards or OSB. Reusing or recycling of wood products lengthens the life cycle of wood, thus extending the time period wood acts as carbon storage.

Wood that is not of high enough quality to be reused as such or recycled as raw material for new wood-based products can be recycled into less demanding applications, such as mulch, beddings, or composting agent. At the end of their life cycle, most wood products can be burnt for energy. In this respect, wood has a positive climate effect, as it can be used in energy production to substitute the use of fossil fuels.

More information
 >recycling impregnated wood (link to Finnish Wood Preserving Association web page)  
 >wood recycling (link to Waste Online web page)  
 >ecocycle of wood products (link to Finnish Forest Industries Federation web page)  

Sathre, R. & Gustavsson, L. 2009. Using wood products to mitigate climate change: External costs and structural change. Applied Energy 86(2): 251–257.
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Sathre, R. & O'Connor, J. 2008. A synthesis of research on wood products & greenhouse gas impacts. FPInnovations Forintek TR-19.
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