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London Olympics 2012 site recycles 100 year old rubbish

Century old rubbish at the London Olympic 2012 site is being cleared using a recycling machine to sift and sort 70,000 cubic metres of rubbish. Recovered material is being removed from a 100-year-old tip, which will be the site of the Velopark and Olympic village. Up to 500 tonnes of industrial waste a day is being sorted into piles of glass, metal, concrete, soil and other materials to be reused on site or recycled off-site by a variety of specialist material recycling companies. Contractor Morrison Construction and its sub-contractor Birse, are using a Pilot Crushtec machine which has a throughput of up to 2,500m3 per week. A spokesman for the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), which is in charge of the work, said: We are trying to recycle as much material as possible and reuse it on site. The ODA aims to clear and clean the majority of the 2.5 square kilometres Olympic Park by the strta of the Beijing 2008 games, which includes demolishing over 250 buildings and cleaning 1.3 million tonnes of contaminated soil. This additional machinery, alongside one existing and two new soil washing machines, will ensure that the target to reuse and recycle more than 90% of the demolition materials is reached. ODA head of sustainable development and regeneration Dan Epstein said: We are committed to making London 2012 the greenest Games in modern times. We have a major challenge to clear and clean the majority of the Olympic Park by Beijing 2008 and meet our tough targets to recycle or reuse materials wherever possible. By setting new standards in sustainable construction we, and our contractors, are on track to meet these commitments.

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