February 23, 2023
Technology fix for slash menace
Māori business leader Paul Morgan says forestry slash can be put to good use – rather than waiting to be swept away in the next flood.
The former chair of Nelson’s Wakatū Incorporation says he’s working with local and international investors to establish a bio-refinery that can process millions of tonnes of wood waste.
“We’ve all seen it. It gets washed into the waterways, and it gets brought down in the big climate events. So, our process is actually to utilise the slash – effectively chip it, pellet it – put it into a bio-refinery and the refinery basically breaks the raw material, the waste pinus radiata into chemicals,” he says.
The chemicals can be turned into bio-plastics and other environmentally safe products, or used for energy production.