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EA solves blue powder problem

The Environment Agency (EA) has managed to avoid a £25 million landfill bill by getting a German company to recycle blue powder.
Following the closure of Britannia Zinc Smelting Works in Avonmouth, Bristol in 2003, the Environment Agency has been working with the site's current owners St Modwens, German zinc smelting company Sudamin and the German Competent Authority to ship up to thirty thousand tonnes of a zinc industry waste product to Germany.
The product, known as blue powder, is recovered from chimney stacks of zinc smelting works and is made up of a mixture of metal oxides. Although it has economic value, it is also a risk to the local environment.
The problem with the blue powder was that if it wasn't sent to Germany it would need to be landfilled and the cost may have been borne by the EA because the business has closed.

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