National Timber Product Stewardship Group

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About Us

Wood is an organic material, and this makes it biodegradable. What if it isn’t? The Earth would have been in a total mess because trees are enormous. Can you even count them?

Despite being biodegradable, waste or residue timber can distort the environment if not properly recycled or utilised in an environmentally friendly way. Hence, a need for wood recycling. Wood recycling involves a process of transforming waste timber into various usable products. The recycling of timber has been in practice since the early 1990s. Issues such as deforestation and climate change led both timber suppliers and consumers to turn to a more sustainable timber source.

The most environmentally-friendly form of timber production is through timber recycling, and it is very common in Australia where supplies of old wooden structures are plentiful. It is a common practice in Australia to reuse and recycle timber residue for the creation of new products. This is thanks to timber’s versatility one which is demonstrated by the various second life products that you can get from timber. To encourage this sustainable practice, the National Timber Product Stewardship Group was formed.

The National Timber Product Stewardship Group, established in July 2007, represents the Timber and Wood Products Industry’s initiative to increase wood and timber products recovery following contact with consumers. The goal is to increase this recovery to as much as one million tonnes by 2017. The National Timber Product Stewardship Group succeeded the New South Wales Treated Timber Product Stewardship Group established in January 2006.

The National Timber Product Stewardship Group receives secretariat support from the Timber Development Association of New South Wales. Also, several state governments representatives like the Queensland Department of Tourism, Regional Development and Industry, and the New South Wales Department of Environment and Climate Change, attend National Timber Product Stewardship Group meetings. This is to help us achieve our aims.

The National Timber Product Stewardship Group sets out to represent the various sectors in the supply chain of the timber industry, with the following salient objectives:

  • Ensure between 500,000 tonnes and 1,000,000 tonnes increase of wood and timber products recovered for recycling and reuse by 2007
  • Optimise environmental outcomes following the disposal of wood and timber products following consumer use
  • Ensure recognition of the achievement of these objectives.

The National Timber Product Stewardship Group will realise these goals by:

  • The development and the implementation of product stewardship strategies for wood and timber products following consumption
  • Coordinating the activities of the timber industry to achieve those identified strategies
  • Commissioning, advocating and conducting development and research projects, following consideration of life consequences
  • Informing and educating industry stakeholders, consumers, and the government

The National Timber Product Stewardship Group membership is composed of major industry associations and the various companies that their staff and members provide raw material, manufacture, process, import, and distribute wood and timber products throughout Australia. Her members include:

  • Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia
  • National Association of Forest Industries
  • Timber and Building Materials Association
  • Timber Queensland
  • Forests New South Wales
  • Osmose Australia
  • Australian Plantation Products and Paper Industry Council
  • Timber Preservers Association of Australia
  • Australian Timber Importers Federation
  • Arch Wood Protection