Environmental Impact

MDF Recovery

Recycling MDF Saves Energy and Reduces CO2

A fully independent Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) undertaken by GnoSys UK, was published by WRAP in 2009. It indicated that the recovery of fibre from waste MDF and its re-integration into new products had a lower environmental impact than making the same products entirely from refined virgin fibre. Converting timber into wood fibre is a highly energy intensive process and for MDF production it was estimated that 0.52 tonnes of CO2 could be saved for each tonne of finished MDF if 20% of the fibre was from a recycled source.