An End to Furniture Waste – Solutions for Engineered Timber Waste

On the 13th June Edge Environment and the City of Sydney hosted An end to furniture waste: new paths for furniture waste to gather together those in the MLPB supply chain and develop demonstration projects for the recovery of MLPB. 

Every year in Australia over 23,000,000m2 of office space is re-leased, generating an estimated 36,000t of Melamine Laminate Particleboard (MLPB) that currently is sent to landfill.  It is the intention of this initiative is to facilitate the recovery of over 10,000t of this material across the Sydney area in the short-to-medium term.

The solutions proposed were, in summary:

  • Resurfacing waste MLPB for reuse in commercial offices
  • Incorporation of waste MLPB into the manufacture of new particleboard
  • Addition of MLPB waste as a filler in 3D printing media

Having been intensively involved in documenting the office refurbishment process with the Better Buildings Paternership and producing the BBP’s Stripout Waste Guidelines, Edge will continue to lead and coordinate an organised approach to recovering engineered timber waste from commercial offices.

We are actively seeking project partners to work with solution providers to install recovered product in commercial office spaces. If you are interested in being involved, please contact

A full summary of the event outcomes and next steps is available here.

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