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Advantages:
- stops wastage and unnecessary expenses such as buying new timber when re-cycled timber is just as affective
- stops timber going into landfill and decomposing emitting methane gas into the environment
- can be created into many products such as particle board, MDF, mulch, animal bedding and compost
- an effective way of preserving the environment as it decreases the amount of timber required to be harvested
Disadvantages
- can decrease in quality
- whilst saving timber from being harvested, it many cases it doesn't save energy, as the process to re-use the timber uses energy e.g. turning planks of timber into mulch
- sometimes larger quantities of chemicals are needed to be used to re-cycle the timber e.g. re-cycling timber in paper
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