Geminor HUB in Køge, Denmark.
Geminor HUB in Køge, Denmark.

Substantial increase in Danish waste wood exports

April 5, 2022
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Geminor increased its Danish exports of waste wood by 60 percent in 2021. This makes Denmark the fastest growing market for wood in Europe - "The demand for waste wood has never been greater," says Freja M. Bechmann, Development Manager at Geminor DK.

In 2021, the Geminor Group handled more than 104,000 tons of waste wood for material recycling. 80,000 of these were handled and processed by Geminor in Denmark, which is an increase of 30,000 tons - or 60 percent - from 2020.

This makes Denmark the fastest growing and by far the largest market for Geminor in wood treatment.

- The market for waste wood is growing considerably both in Denmark and Europe. In the last year, prices have increased fivefold as a result of higher demand for both material recycling and energy recovery," says Freja M. Bechmann, Development Manager at Geminor DK.

- This year we expect to increase our handling of waste wood in Denmark to over 120,000 tons," says Bechmann.

Increasing material recycling

All of the waste wood exported by Geminor DK last year was recycled. The A2 wood was first sorted, milled and quality controlled at Geminor's HUB in Køge, before being transported to Riga for chipboard production.

Freja Bechmann is Development Manager in Geminor DK.

Geminor cooperates with both municipal and private producers in Denmark, and works continuously to find the right volumes and quality of waste wood in the market, says Bechmann.

- With increased production of chipboard in Europe, combined with a general shortage of biomaterial and a current ban on Russian wood, there is now a higher demand for waste wood than we have experienced in the past. At the same time, we are noticing a more positive attitude and a greater willingness to facilitate more recycling of wood both in Denmark and internationally.

- Wood is an increasingly important part of the circular economy in the EU, which is why we are intensifying our efforts within this fraction," concludes Freja M. Bechmann, Development Manager at Geminor DK.