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Capital grants launched to boost aggregate infrastructure

A capital support programme has been launched to increase the production and use of recycled and secondary aggregates.

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has opened two new competitions that aim to develop fixed and mobile infrastructure to process construction, demolition and excavation waste and other materials into recycled and secondary aggregates.

WRAP aggregates capital project manager Steve Waite said: One of the key barriers to the increased use of recycled and secondary aggregates is the availability of price-competitive, consistent and high-quality material.

The WRAP funding will tackle this barrier by supporting new capacity that delivers cost-effective production and higher-quality end-products, thus enabling these materials to make a valuable contribution to the overall objective of sustainable aggregates use.

Funding support will be a proportion of the total project value, not exceeding 30% of the eligible costs and new facilities will be expected to be operational by March 2006. WRAP said a wide range of waste materials would be considered, including china clay, asphalt and tyre waste.

The closing date for tenders is June 18.

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