Platform.as now offers to repossess all timber from our mast climbing work platform solutions in order to offer the sale of quality assured recycled timber for future platform installations. An initiative that both reduces resource consumption and saves money.
There is no need to discard used wood if it is still usable. That is why we now offer to repossess used wood from projects that have included mast climbing solutions from the lessor. The purpose of this is to reuse wood materials that, after a thorough review, are deemed to continue to meet safety and purpose requirements.
– Platform.as introduces this measure primarily to save natural resources and keep costs down for our customers. In addition, the measure is in line with the company’s general focus on processes that support circular working methods for the benefit of the environment. We are of course very thorough in our review of the wood we collect, and all customers can be certain that all the wood they buy from us is of good quality and fit for the purpose, says Casper Knudsen, CEO of Platform.as.
As a lessor of mast climbing work platforms built in heavy steel, it may sound paradoxical that a company like Platform.as bought approximately 33,000 metres of joists and laths and approximately 17,000 square metres of plywood last year.
– If our mast climbers cannot reach the facade of a building, for example because of a basement shaft or existing balconies, we set them up so that they are clear of the facade. We extend the platform with extra extensions towards the building with steel supports and a floor of joists and veneer sheets. This is a very applied adaptation of the platform to the particular project, which optimises safety and working conditions on the platform, explains Ulrik Hansen, Service Manager at Platform.as.
The wood used for a project belongs to the customer, and it is therefore the customer’s responsibility to dispose of the wood at the end of the project. Typically, therefore, it ends up in a waste container, and it is this habit that Platform.as is now facing with its new recycling initiative.
When a project is completed, much of the wood is left untouched. Some of the veneer may have been damaged or absorbed moisture, but the joists have been protected under the veneer and, aside from a few screw holes, they’re as good as new. That’s why we now offer our customers to remove all the wood for them, so they do not have to think about other ways to dispose of it”, says Ulrik Hansen.
Platform.as collects all whole plywood boards, laths and joists from completed projects. Upon return of leased platforms, our control ensures that the used wood products are assessed and sorted according to specific requirements. For example, if the joists are broken or cracked, they are discarded. The same applies to the veneer sheets, which must not have been cut and the veneer layers must not have been separated. There are several criteria, but if the wood can be reused, it is cleaned and stored in a dry place – like all new wood – to prevent moisture damage.
– After a thorough sorting and quality assurance, we are able to offer the still usable wood to other customers at a reduced price. In this way, we save nature from unnecessary timber harvesting, and customers save money, says Ulrik Hansen.