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.

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