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Peterborough EcoTrade centre a roaring success

An Ecotrade centre in Peterborough has been declared a roaring success after opening its doors to trade waste in October 2005.

The facility, which is funded by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and was developed by the UK Centre for Economic and Environmental Development (UK CEED), has received more than 400 visitors, with 84% of users segregating their waste before disposal.

It allows trade professionals to drop off waste arising from construction, demolition and refurbishment as well as offering lower disposal prices for pre-segregated waste.

The sites use and feedback from users demonstrates that the construction industry is prepared to respond to financial incentives made available through recycling.

Operating in much the same way as a household waste recycling centre, inert waste such as soil, sand, gravel, concrete, ceramic tiles and roof tiles are collected along with green waste, all metals, timber and pallets, wiring and cables.

WRAP construction project manager Mervyn Jones said: “Small businesses comprise the majority of businesses within the construction sector.

“Their influence on construction waste arisings is very significant at regional level and so pilot schemes like the UK CEED Ecotrade centre provide a simple but important solution for getting them to separate their wastes for onward recycling.”

The initiative diverts waste from small-medium sized trades, waste carriers and small scale construction and demolition businesses that tend to carry their own waste and captures quantities which are traditionally too small to warrant skips.

With Peterborough located in a major growth area for housing developments, the centre is in a prime position to take in increasing levels of construction and demolition waste.

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