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No fudge over what to do with sludge

Did you know that UK paper mills generate around one million tonnes of paper sludge each year and that most of it is landfilled, land-spread or incinerated?

This is why the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) is funding a project to develop the opportunities to find ways of recycling the sludge into new products.

Using innovative Canadian technology, a sludge reprocessing site will be based at Aylesford Newsprint in Kent. This will be the first plant of this type in Europe.

WRAP technical manager for paper David Powlson said: "With higher quality requirements for paper, and rising landfill costs, the volume and cost of sludge disposal is becoming an inhibiting commercial factor for the further expansion of recycled paper manufacture.

"This WRAP project will use new technology to explore the potential from overcoming this barrier and improving the economics of producing new paper products from recycled fibre."

The results from the project, which is due to be finished by November this year, will be disseminated throughout the industry.

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