MDF is Everywhere

Medium density fibreboard, or MDF as we all know it is a great product.  It  versatile, strong and .  Most of us will come into contact with it daily at work (furniture, shop fittings and construction products) or at home (kitchens, bathrooms or shelving).

Burn or Landfill?  The Only Choices Until Now

As functional as it is while in service, it does cause headaches when the time comes for it to be replaced. Until now, it has not been readily recyclable. Decades ago when MDF was devised and plants were constructed to manufacture it, end of life recovery was not considered an important issue.  That has changed, with all but the most blinkered members of society now determined to reduce their environmental burden, be that commercially or domestically.

Some Facts

MDF - A Definition

Medium-density fiberboard, or MDF, is an engineered wood panel product composed of refined virgin wood fibers that are mixed with resin and wax and pressed into flat sheets under pressure and at elevated temperature. It is used predominantly for furniture production and, much like plywood as a building material. Unlike particleboard, with which it is sometimes confused, MDF machines well and has a smooth surface that is ideal for applying surface finishes or paint.

Approximately 1 million tons of MDF are used in the UK every year, 13 million tons in Europe and 25 million tons worldwide.  The material has been embedded into furniture, shop fittings and joinery products for over 30 years and so extensive volumes of post consumer waste will need to be processed in the coming years. In a 2009 report, the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) stated that conservative estimates suggested over 140,000 tons of MDF waste were either landfilled or burnt without energy recovery from the UK furniture sector alone.

MDF Recovery’s innovative technological approach to the recovery of the fibre will ease the pressure on the virgin timber supply chain and offers a global market opportunity for MDF Recovery and its partners.

Cost Effective Recycling of MDF

Partnering with MDF Recovery will ensure that your MDF waste is treated to the highest possible sustainable waste management standards - we will not burn your material or send it to landfill.  The fibres that we recover will be used for second and third generation products including the manufacture of new MDF, thermal insulation materials and horticultural growing media.

If you wish to divert your MDF waste from landfill or incineration or perhaps ‘close the loop’ and purchase MDF with a recovered fibre content, please get in touch.