The Waste & Resources Action Plan (WRAP) is to test the possibility of using recycled MDF in the manufacture of wood plastic composites (WPCs).

Testing is to be undertaken by Scottish firm Impact Laboratories, which will investigate the properties of WPCs made from recycled MDF and compare them to products already on the market that are made from virgin wood flour.

The WPCs tested by Impact Laboratories will also feature recycled plastics, enhancing the environmental credentials of the new products.

“Significant amounts of waste MDF are sent to landfill every year and this project aims to show that waste MDF can be a valuable resource in the manufacture of products with a market value,” said WRAP manufacturing development officer Gareth Boyles.

WPCs are already used in a wide range of applications, including decking and garden furniture, and WRAP noted that the “European market is growing”.