A new £2 million waste wood recycling plant has opened in Washington, near Sunderland.
It has been opened by Timberpak, which is a subsidiary of Egger.
Waste wood will be processed at the facility and then sent as chips to Egger’s chipboard plant in Hexham.
Timberpak operations director Mark Hayton said: “This is an important day for us and finally realises our ambition to have a site serving Northumberland, Tyneside, Wearside, Teeside and Durham.
“Wood is too precious a natural resource just to be put in a large hole in the ground. By recycling it here in Washington and then supplying it to Egger in Hexham to turn into products with a secondary lifespan of ten, 20, or more years is not just environmentally friendly, but common sense.”