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Go ahead for industrial circular economy project

The Institute of Sustainability has received planning permission for the UK’s first Cradle to Cradle (C2C) demonstrator, to be built at the London Sustainable Industries Park (SIP), in Dagenham, east London.

The project will help businesses at the SIP to work together to understand how they can use by-products of their processes to feed back into other businesses on the site. The aim is to reduce waste and prove long-term commercial viability.

The SIP is the site of plastic bottle reprocessor Closed Loop Recycling. TEG’s in-vessel composting and anaerobic digestion plant will join them, and is due for completion in end of 2013. Chinook Urban Mining is building a gasification plant on the site.

The institute said in a statement: “Existing and prospective London SIP tenants whose by-products will be used by the demonstrator include a food-grade plastic recycling business, a gasification plant and an anaerobic digestion plant. The output of the demonstrator process, in this case aggregate material, could be used for a range of purposes including helping drainage on green roofs or on pathways in place of gravel.”

The institute will work with the Greater London Authority and University of East London to deliver the demonstrator.

Darryl Newport, director of the Sustainability Research Institute at the university, said: “Using our research expertise, coupled with our innovative demonstrator technology, we will look to remove waste streams and develop new products.”

Chris Dow, chief executive of Closed Loop told MRW: “It’s fantastic that such an innovative and forward programme is coming to Dagenham. The sustainable business park has always been at the forefront of developments in waste since we opened Closed Loop Recycling and initiatives such as this will support UK’s position as a world class recycling country.”

The demonstrator forms part of a pan-European project called C2C BIZZ, which aims to accelerate the application of C2C principles in business sites across north-west Europe. 

  • In November last year, MRW reported that one of the key figures in London’s SIP urged local authorities to think strategically about the planning of waste facilities rather than approving projects on an ad hoc basis, in order to share resources and by-products.

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