A meeting on using recycled wood was held

26 / 11 / 2020

As part of the Mebel 2020 online programme of supporting events, a meeting of the Expert and Advisory Council on the Forest Complex under the Federation Council Committee for Agrarian and Food Policy and Environmental Management "Creating a system for using recycled wood as one of the areas of rational use and development of the Russian forest complex" was held. The meeting was held by Committee Member Tatiana Guigel.

According to Vera Khmyrova, a representative of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, attempts to collect secondary raw materials are already underway. But it is necessary to create a system for collecting this waste. For example, IKEA gives customers bonuses when they hand over old furniture. On the whole, the volume of recycled wood is quite large. We need to work more actively in this area.

Nikolay Makarov, Chairman of the Committee for Timber Industry Entrepreneurship of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, noted that this issue is at the intersection of the furniture, woodworking and environmental industries. Therefore, special attention must be paid to it.

Oleg Numerov, First Vice-President of the Association of Furniture and Woodworking Enterprises of Russia, said that in the Moscow region alone you can save half a million cubic metres of wood by collecting waste. Only there is still a lack of regulatory documentation for such collection.

Timur Irtuganov, General Director of the Association of Furniture and Woodworking Enterprises of Russia told that, for example, there is a lack of resources for furniture production in the central region, as there are many processing plants with large volumes of work. A large percentage of their waste could be recycled.

Business representatives who took part in the meeting spoke about their positive experiences with recycling wood. They also recalled that this is not a current problem, as the Government raised the issue of passing the Recycling Law back in 2012.

In her closing remarks, Tatiana Guigel emphasised that the experience of the specialists they spoke about today was invaluable for legislators. "We pass laws on the basis of expert opinions. Everything will depend on our joint active work with you," concluded Tatiana Guigel. 

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Press Service, EXPOCENTRE AO