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Extra cash to help CD&E waste reduction

Government funding has been made available for construction waste recycling companies that want to increase their processing capacity.

Companies throughout the building supply chain can apply for investment cash through the Capital Grant Programme, which has been launched by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).The scheme supports Waste Strategy goals to halve the construction sectors waste sent to landfill by 2012 and establish a UK infrastructure to provide the capacity to achieve this target.

WRAP has initially launched the scheme in England but plans to start a separate programme for Scotland in the autumn. WRAP material recycling project manager David Connor said: The purpose of this Capital Grant Programme is to provide grants that will help develop the capacity needed to recycle construction demolition and excavation (CD&E) waste.

"We are specifically interested in proposals that will significantly increase the quantity and quality of CD&E waste materials recovered, separated and recycled from construction sites, and which can act as exemplars to encourage greater investment in recycling capacity.

The scheme will focus on inviting applications from new installations first but could also support improvements in the recovery efficiencies of existing materials recycling facilities and processors.

A wide range of materials is covered by the scheme including off-cuts and waste timber, plastics, glass, packaging waste and inert materials such as soils.

WRAP launches tool to support building waste reduction

A free online resource to identify where waste can be minimised in construction projects has been launched by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

Once site and project data has been input, the Net Waste Tool forecasts waste arisings and suggests ways to reduce them. The Tool can also be used to develop a suitable strategy to maximise waste recovery opportunities and cost savings.
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