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From: Ian May
Date: Dec 11 2000 18:09:55
Ken ....
At a Tree Station near me during an open day fairly recently , they boasted
their desire for  virtually any timber, claiming to create a product to
suit, and encouraged all local institutions to consider them first. They
also claimed that they could collect small parcels.
More recently it was evident that despite bravado, the logistical and
financial factor of haulage means that there has still been no real step
Now the controversial bit ;
In the current market place, is it perhaps safer to classify timber as
"waste" because in view of haulage costs, there is perhaps more cultural
impetus (and resources) to "recycle" timber than to consider it as a raw
material in the conventional sense ? 
i.e.; Timber products as the product of recycling.
This means a change of emphasis, it is not a quote, so you can blame me.
The wider question is, can the timber trade survive in this country without
major change ?
Greater FC grants,
Taxless fuel,
Or take a slice of the recycling cake.....for example, subsidise haulage
costs from this pot, thereby allowing the market to cope with depressed
returns and end the practice of logging up single veneer sticks on the
Just thoughts for this discussion group.
Regards .....

-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: 09 December 2000 00:10
To:   UK Tree Care
Subject:      Re: TREE STATIONS


Ian's interpretation is right in most respects.

In reality it should be a bit like a composting/greenwaste recyling centre

accept that it concentrates on trees and timber. Most of the commercial 
centres I talk to are greenwaste centres which also take trees and brash
all seem to use the gate entry charge rather than the recyling gains to
the unit viable.


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