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From bottle to bunker

Glass bottles collected in the Blackpool area could soon be used regularly to create high grade bunker sand.

The Stanley Park municipal golf course is currently trialling the material through EMPRISE, a trade waste scheme led by Blackpool Council and part funded by the European Union.

Bottles and jars are collected from over a hundred business customers along the Fylde coast with these then processed at Fleetwood-based Eco-Aggregates.

Stanley Park course manager Steven Hesk said: Its a very interesting application for recycled glass. We have used it in one bunker on the course and it looks fine.

Its strange to think that not so long ago, this sand might have been a glass bottle or jar in a local guest house kitchen, and now its here on the course performing another useful function. Its a very imaginative solution and if the trial is successful, I can see that it would have distinct environmental benefits.

The trial began during December and forms part of wider operations which also sees EMPRISE creating employment and training opportunities for long-term unemployed and disadvantaged people within the town.

These help provide trade waste collection and recycling schemes for hotels, retail businesses and many other organisations throughout the region.

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