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News round-up 20/2

New packaging group in Scotland; polymers from waste biomass, LWARB textile initiative

New packaging group in Scotland to boost recycling

A new group of organisations and companies operating across the drinks and food packaging supply chain has been established to work with the Scottish Government to boost recycling and support waste reduction and anti-littering programmes.

Ian Shearer, co-ordinator of the Packaging Recycling Group Scotland (PRGS) said: “We have strong support – almost 30 organisations now – with a collective desire to work more closely with key bodies on these objectives. A collaborative strategic approach, with a willingness to share knowledge and best practice, and develop partnership solutions, is the right way forward

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Scientists research polymers from waste biomass

Scientists at the University of York are to lead a new Government-backed research project to investigate the potential conversion of waste biomass and waste carbon dioxide into safer and more sustainable raw materials.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has awarded the University’s Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE) £3m to develop industrially viable routes to replacements for petrochemically derived polymers using waste biomass, such as orange peel, pine needles and sawdust.

LWARB grants £185,000 for textile recycling initiative

Six recycling organisations in London have been awarded £185,000 to boost the reuse and recycling of clothing and other textiles in the capital.

Projects which will benefit from the cash injection announced by the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) include the introduction of carpet recycling at local household waste and recycling sites and an innovative kerbside collection service which allows clothing to be recycled alongside other recyclable goods in wheeled bins or boxes.

It is anticipated that these six projects will divert in the region of 3,500 tonnes of end of life clothing and other textiles from landfill or incineration over the next 12 months.

The funding is part of LWARB’s ‘Textile Reuse and Recycling Fund’.

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