Timberpak opens recycling super site in Leeds

Recycling and reprocessing company Timberpak Limited has invested millions to create a new site in Leeds on the six-acre Cross Green Industrial Estate.

The site was officially opened on 18th August by Hilary Benn, MP for Leeds Central. It has the capacity to process 150,000 tonnes of recycled material annually, with the potential to increase by 50% as demand for wood-based recycled materials grows.

Waste wood sourced by Timberpak Limited is used by EGGER (UK) Limited to produce carbon negative chipboard panels at its production sites in Hexham, Northumberland and Barony, East Ayrshire.

The international wood-based material manufacturer has invested over £30 million into its UK recycling operations over the last two years. In addition to the new Timberpak sites in Leeds, EGGER recently commissioned a new recycling plant at its Hexham site to increase the recycled content in its panels by improving the quality of the processed recycled material used.

Ideally located on the edge of Leeds, the new site offers the best wood recycling facilities in the UK. The bespoke loading pit provides safe and efficient loading, and a streamlined layout of the shredders, picking stations, one-way traffic management system and stock system will reduce handling time.

Four new jobs will be created on the picking line, increasing with the demand for recycled wood. Currently, Timberpak employs 90 people, with 40% of them based at the existing Leeds site.

The state-of-the-art site features the latest recycling technology, including two picking lines, a slow-speed electric shredder, and a stockpiling system. Two new weighbridges and a loading bay have been installed, and weight tickets and delivery documents will be paperless.

A sustainable approach has been taken at every opportunity; this includes 1,282 m2 of 265kw solar panels across the roof of the main building and a dust suppression system. Health and safety is a top priority for the site, which has thermal cameras for stock heat control and a one-way traffic management system.

Mark Hayton, Director, Timberpak Limited, said: “We are delighted to have commissioned our new site. Not only will it increase our capacity and future-proof our business, but it will also improve the high-quality customer service we pride ourselves on.

“The investment reinforces our commitment to make more from wood and it will benefit during its growth.

“A huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in the project. Between us, we have created an industry-leading wood recycling processing site.

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