Circularity: Mass Timber Recycled in BINGO’s New Partnership

In November 2022, Australia became the first country to commit to a fully circular economy by 2030.

Tue 29 Aug 23


A new partnership between BINGO Industries and ReDirect Recycling will see waste from mass timber manufactured and recycled into melamine panels for Australian Panels.

This could lead to a potential abate rate of up to 49,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum from landfill.

That is, the equivalent of taking over 10,900 cars off the road every year! 

As reported by Planet Ark, the recovered products will be used in particleboard manufacturing for kitchen cabinets and joinery.

Brad Searle, the acting Chief Growth Officer at BINGO Industries, said, “The offtake represents an important milestone in the diversion of mass timber waste from landfill.”

He said the relationship brings Australia closer to achieving a waste-free vision.

Adding value to mass timber products is an essential step in Australia’s journey to full circularity -with Australian Environmental Minister Tanya Pilbersek announcing last year that Australia was committed to total circularity by 2030.

To achieve this goal, the Australian Government has established an expert panel within the Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment (DAWE) to promote sustainable practices and reduce waste across various industries.

The circular economy model aims to minimise waste, reduce resource consumption, and promote recycling and reuse of materials. 

Australia is one of more than 133 countries that have committed to circular economy principles, with 79 fully committed to adopting it as part of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Last year, Australia became the first country in the world to commit to a fully circular economy by 2030, with Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) revealing to Wood Central the importance of recycled timber in various applications, such as construction, furniture, and decoration, helping to minimise waste in driving the aims.

The partnership between BINGO Industries and ReDirect Recycling will see mass timber diverted from landfills and made into products that can be recycled several times after the end of its product lifecycle.

Mr Searle says, “This is a great example of how industries can work together to achieve sustainable business outcomes and accelerate the transition to a circular economy.”


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