BAV Waste Wood Conference 2017 with record number of participants

The Federal Association of Waste Wood Processors and Recyclers (BAV) is extremely satisfied with the response of participants to this year’s Waste Timber Day in Hamburg. “With more than 140 participants, more than ever before have taken part in this traditional event,” stresses Dieter Uffmann, Chairman of the BAV. “We are delighted with the strong response and the consistently positive response to our event,” said the BAV Chairman.

Among other things, the morning of the Waste Wood Conference (Altholztag / Waste Wood Day) was dedicated to the discussion about technical solutions with regard to limit values and sampling.

Jochen Kamm from the plant manufacturer Dieffenbacher impressively described the opportunities and possibilities of processing technology with integrated X-ray sorting and fines cleaning for the recycling of waste wood.

Nico Führinger from the Nürtingen-Geislingen University of Applied Sciences presented a sampling system which was developed in the waste wood processing plant at Kaatsch in Plochingen with the Technical Manager Frank Menzel. In terms of costs, it is considerably lower than the solutions currently available on the market. A patent application has already been filed for the innovative process-optimizing sampling system. Jens Gatena of the Bremen trend.research gave in his lecture an outlook on the market for waste wood in Germany up to the year 2030 and referred to the large challenges of the industry.

Mathias Falkenberg from the Brussels representation of the BDE reported on upcoming initiatives at EU level and the need to react to European regulations at an early stage. In this context, Dieter Uffmann welcomed the deepening EU cooperation with the BDE concluded in September 2017 and sees the Waste Wood Association strengthened for the future by the important player at his side.

The development on the waste wood markets in Sweden and Great Britain as well as imports and exports in the EU were also the focus of the Waste Wood Day. According to this, British exports will fall significantly as large incineration capacities are currently planned or under construction, as Claudia Amos from the London consultancy Anthesis Group explained.

In addition, BAV is concerned about the recent increase in shipments of waste wood for recycling. There are considerable doubts that quality requirements will always be met. For this reason, the BAV has signed a position paper from BBE and VHI which formulates requirements for politicians and enforcement authorities. For example, notification applications may only be approved if German or comparable standards are complied with, the associations demand. The position paper can be found here.

All interest groups of the waste wood industry are organised in the BAV. It currently represents 84 companies from the processing, recycling and energy recovery sectors. The companies come mainly from Germany, but also from Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Great Britain and Sweden.

The BAV image brochure is available HIER.

Further information on the Kaatsch sampling system can be found at


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