Pro Tree Surgeon Norwich

Where do tree surgeons take waste?

There is a large amount of green waste that is generated when you engage an Arborologist. This could be from pruning your trees or trimming your hedges. As a result, we at Pro Tree Surgeon Norwich generate a substantial volume of green waste each year. So it’s natural that we often get asked where do tree surgeons take waste. The majority of which we are tasked with removing from the site, and which we must consequently recycle. Recycling all of the materials we remove from a construction site eliminates the need for a landfill.

The three main categories of tree-related waste are:

  • Woodchips
  • Timber
  • Non-chippable materials (hedge trimmings, minor pruning, and contaminated sweeping from the floor)

Chippers (wood-chippers) are used to make wood chips from the great majority of our waste. Because we use trailer-mounted equipment to haul behind our trucks and can dump wood-chip directly into the rear of our vehicles, we don’t use any other form of a chipper. Most of the waste that we cannot chip is placed into vans manually.


Some of our clients hoard the waste they generate while working. For firewood, woodturning, or carving, the most common request is to keep the timber. On rare occasions, timber is maintained for planking. Our customers frequently use wood chips as a barrier against weeds. And to maintain moisture on walkways and borders.

What do we do with all of the waste we remove from construction sites?

Firstly, we stockpile hundreds of tonnes of wood-chip each year at our facility. We sell the majority of this wood chip as mulch for gardens and pathways. Before it can be used as mulch, the wood chip must first be stored for a period during which it can decompose. Because the nitrogen needed by the bacteria that break down wood is removed from the soil when fresh mulch is laid in a garden, it might have an unfavourable effect on the plants. As a result, it is considered preferable to wait until the wood chip has had ample opportunity to compost before using it.

Wood chips which tree surgeons create as waste from cutting down trees

We are frequently asked how much wood chip is needed for a specific garden size. As a general guideline, no less than 5cm of wood-chip mulch should be applied. We sell wood chips by the cubic metre. And a cubic metre of wood chip covers an area of 20 square metres with a mulch depth of 5cm. As a result, it’s simple to figure out how much wood chip you’ll need to mulch your garden by taking a general measurement of the area. To save money, we transport the wood chip in bulk on a tipper truck. This is rather than bagging at a garden centre.

What we can't sell as mulch goes to power stations for use as biomass fuel

We don’t remove a lot of good-grade lumber these days. This is because most clients either burn it themselves or have a family member or a friend that uses it. For their fireplaces at home, our workers log the limited amount of valuable timber we remove (a small perk of the job). However, a variety of nearby businesses that need logs use lower-grade wood, such as fir, willow, chestnut, and similar species.

Non-chippable waste

Hedge pruning generates a tremendous amount of waste that our chippers cannot handle. In addition, we have a large amount of soil and grit-contaminated material that is scraped or swept up (which can damage chipper blades). The shredded waste is then hauled away and used as biomass fuel at various power plants, sometimes in conjunction with wood-chip.

Where do tree surgeons take waste conclusion

In the end, no matter what we do with the debris from tree cutting in Norwich, we’ll have to expend some amount of energy to treat and transport it. Whenever possible, we process waste in large amounts to limit this to a minimum through the use of efficient work and travel schedules. Before shipping any of our wood chips out of Norwich, we make sure to sell as much of it as possible in the area where it was harvested.​