Wood Recycling business model
Aims and objectives
Our overall objective is to contribute to a more sustainable society and our aims are both environmental and social. We collect and process hazardous waste in the timber industry. Though we collect different types of waste wood, our core speciality is
targeted to the collection and processing of railway sleepers made of III class wood.
Our aim is to strengthen the creation of youth and women enterprises to achieve the following:
- Reduce waste and save resources by collecting and reusing waste timber that might otherwise end up at landfill – or at best “downcycled” into wood chip.
- Create jobs, training and volunteering opportunities for people marginalized from the labour market.
As a social enterprise, we work hard to ensure that we are financially self-supporting; that all the income needed to run our enterprise is earned through trading and compensation for being collectors of the waste wood. By being financially
self-reliant we can help ensure that our future is kept firmly in our own hands.
Storage and Regulatory compliance
Our group has ample storage facilities to take any huge volumes of waste wood for recycling or processing using modern technologies and for general resale. We adhere to all regulatory compliance as required by authorities in terms of all the necessary
permits for import and export, transporting, handling and storage.
Advantages of our model
There are many great things about our wood recycling business model – especially that it is:
- Low capital intensive – it does not need a lot of money to set up.
- Low tech – it does not need highly skilled people or lots of expensive, specialist equipment.
Highly labour–intensive – so it can create lots of lower-skilled but highly worthwhile work.
There are two main income streams.
- Collection charges. We charge to collect the waste timber but try to charge less than it costs to put the same amount of timber into a skip, so the customer has the financial incentive to use the service.
- Sales of wood and products. A proportion of the collected wood will be good enough to be reused, so it can be sold back to the community for DIY/building projects. Some wood, especially the shorter lengths that are not so useful for DIY,
can be made into a wide range of wood products also for sale. Additional income can be generated by “added-value” services, such as cutting, sanding, planning, and finishing customers’ orders.