Wood and Horticultural Waste Recycling

Wood and Horticultural Waste Recycling

In Singapore, 332,400 tonnes of wood waste and 252,600 tonnes of horticultural waste was generated in 2013. The recycling rate is 77% for wood waste and 48% for horticultural waste.

Wood and horticultural waste are usually processed into wood chips for composting, cogeneration or used to make new wood products. Used wood pallets and crates can also be reconditioned.

Let’s take a closer look at wood and horticultural waste recycling:

Wood and Horticultural Waste Recycling in Singapore

Wood waste include pallets, crates, boxes, furniture and wood planks used in construction. Horticultural waste refers to tree trunks and branches, plant parts and trimmings generated during the maintenance and pruning of trees and plants all over Singapore.

Used wooden pallets and crates are usually sent to the recycling companies for repair and reconditioning. The pallets and crates are dismantled and the wood parts are cut to size and fixed back to form new pallets and crates.

Wood and horticultural waste are also sent to recycling companies to be grinded into wood chips. These wood chips can be used for composting, where they are piled together and turned frequently. After a few months, the wood chips would be broken down by microorganisms into mulch or compost.

This video shows a typical grinder for producing wood chips:


The wood chips are also used by some recycling companies to make new wood products. The wood chips are mixed with binders and pressed together to produce pallets, doors and floorings.

Some recycling companies use the wood chips as a fuel in cogeneration plants to produce heat and power simultaneously, whereas other companies process the wood chips and recycle them into charcoal products.

Collectors, Traders and Recycling Companies for Wood and Horticultural Waste

To find a recycling collector or someone who wants your wood waste, check out NEA’s list of collectors and traders.

What Can I Do

If you have some wooden furniture that you don’t want, try to Give It Away or Sell for Cash before recycling them.


  • byStephen
    Posted February 24, 2010 2:07 pm 0Likes

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  • byAlvin Poon
    Posted May 26, 2011 10:45 pm 0Likes

    Hi, i was wondering if any company will recycle the wood and sell it in small bulk for hobbies like DIY? This is also a form of recycle although the market for DIY individuals is very small.

    If there is such company, can anyone recommend me? Thank you!

    Alvin Poon

    • byEugene
      Posted May 30, 2011 5:00 pm 0Likes

      Hi Alvin, you would have to check with the wood recycling companies directly to make the arrangement. Or check out http://www.wasteisnotwaste.com/ for companies with wood waste to give away.

  • byVictor
    Posted August 25, 2011 1:35 pm 0Likes

    I intend to collect old furniture – wood-based, etc and sell to a recycling company. Is there any company buying such junks for recycling? Hoping to do this as a part-time business.

  • byLim
    Posted October 16, 2014 4:44 pm 0Likes

    I would like to have a full tree trunk for my cats to climb. May I know where can I buy or get for free?


    Posted March 25, 2015 11:18 am 0Likes

    HI our company have lots of used flywoods.
    can i sell it for recycling.
    if yes where i can sell it

    please advise

  • byNasser
    Posted September 2, 2015 10:09 pm 0Likes

    i m new into the wood recycle business and would like to learn more regarding the machines and cost of establishing a factory
    please advsie


  • byRaj
    Posted October 2, 2015 2:31 am 0Likes

    Hi..our company have lots of woods pallets.we wud like to sell for recycling .where can I sell it.please advice.

  • byJudika
    Posted October 7, 2015 2:22 am 0Likes

    Hi, I was wondering what would be the biggest component for the overall wood waste? I am currently working on wooden pallet recycling project and just was wondering whether wooden packaging (i.e. pallets, crates, etc.) would be one of the biggest contributor for the wood waste in Singapore.

    Thank you 🙂

  • byshruti
    Posted January 11, 2016 11:43 am 0Likes

    Hi,I am an artist and I am looking for old windows/ doors/ tables or other wooden parts/ furniture to paint and create artwork with.Can you please help me locate any recycling outlet for this?

  • byDoreen Ling
    Posted February 4, 2016 11:01 am 0Likes

    Hi , where can I can horticulture wood chips ? I would like to use it in my garden as a mulch .

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