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Olympic site recycling progress exceeding targets

Targets to recycle or reuse 90% of the demolition material at the 2012 London Olympic park are being exceeded say Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) managers. The ODAs Sustainable Development Strategy, announced last year, sets out how venues and infrastructure will reuse materials from the site.

Head of Sustainable Development and Regeneration for the ODA Dan Epstein said: The commitment to reclaiming as much demolition material as possible is key to our strategy and so far, we are exceeding our 90%. This is unprecedented for a project of this size and scale.

However, managers remain realistic about progress and CLM waste manager logistics Nathan Gray said: We are in the process of remediating and cleaning up the soil to the level thats deemed appropriate for use, so we wont know [the final reclaimed percentage] until the demolition and remediation phases are totally complete because theres still a few buildings left, so were 95% at the moment, but the target is 90 and were on track. It will go up and down but our end goal is 90%.

The ODA said that so far the following have been reclaimed:
80 lamposts
160 manhole covers and 187 gulleys
18 square metres of clay and slate roof tiles
2 tonnes of red bricks; 117 tonnes of yorkstone
100 tonnes of cobble/granite
41 tonnes of paving bricks and 35 tonnes of paving slabs
1200m of granite kerbs and 4200m of concrete kerbs.

Waste wood possibility for CHP plant
The ODA has also just unveiled plans for a combined heat and power (CHP) plant to power the Olympic park. Called the Energy Centre, it will support the ODAs commitment to use renewable energy technology and could run on waste wood chips. An ODA spokesman said: I cant confirm that it will run on waste wood but were not ruling out any possibilities. Its up to contractor, preferred bidder Suez Group through subsidiary Elyo, to decide at a later stage.

Image: An aerial view of the Olympic Park taking shape

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