New timber yard required
Reclaimed Timber Traders, the Palmerston North based timber rescue and recycling yard is on the look out for new premises.
The social enterprise in Matipo St, run by Robert and Adrienne Scott, takes demolition timber, denails and deconstructs it, sorts and resells it as quality secondhand construction material. This keeps it out of landfill, as well as providing work training and business skills.
The yard was a venue for the Summer of DIY workshops convened earlier this year by Palmerston North City Council eco-adviser Nelson Lebo.
‘‘We create work opportunities for people who would otherwise be unemployed for various reasons,’’ Robert Scott said.
‘‘A lot people who have come through here now have paid jobs.’’
The work also provided social connection and access to advocacy.
‘‘We’re keeping useable resources out of landfill.’’
Some of their ‘‘wood for good’’ had found its way to Fiji to help in the reconstruction after cyclone Winston.
Scott said there was a need to redefine the concept of waste timber, not just locally but nationally. Almost 13 per cent of waste that ends up in landfill is timber.
‘‘This wood isn’t waste - it’s surplus, and surplus resources don’t belong in landfill. The safest place for surplus treated timber is back in a building somewhere. We have trialled a recovery model that has worked well over the past eight years.’’
What was disappointing, he said, was the amount of talk about recycling and sustainability, but not much in the way of corresponding action.
‘‘Everyone talks about doing things but they don’t know where to start. We want to take all unwanted wood, sort it and redistribute it. We could provide gov- ernment and local industry with a green arm that would minimise their waste stream.’’
Moving from Matipo St Scott saw as a positive, though finding a yard with up to two hectares of space to stack the sorted reclaimed timber at a reasonable rental was a challenge. They were even looking at Whanganui.
‘‘We’ve been asked to set up there,’’ Scott said.
He hoped to be able to do that, as well as continuing to operate in Palmerston North.
Robert Scott and the vast arry of recycled timber ready for re-use at Reclaimed Timber Traders in Matipo St.