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Search starts for new types of waste to be reused and recycled

The Waste & Resources Action Programme and the Environment Agency are calling on businesses to submit ideas for waste materials that can be reused and recycled for its joint Waste Protocols Project.

The initiative was set up in 2006 to help industry make better use of waste material by clarifying Quality Protocols which give guidance on how to recover waste, remove it from the regulatory regime and recycle it.

To date 11 materials including non-packaging plastics such as old drainpipes, flat glass, compost, and waste cooking oil have been reviewed by the project.

Businesses and industry are expected to save more than £400 million and divert 17m tonnes of waste from landfill.

EA head of environment protection external programmes Martin Brocklehurst said that the initiative has a positive impact on industry and the environment but there was more to do..

He said: There are more types of waste that could be treated as a resource rather than rubbish and because it takes time to develop a Quality Protocol we want to start identifying more potentially suitable materials now.

For Quality Protocols to be effective and divert waste from landfill, reduce pressure on precious natural resources and reduce businesses overheads in this tough economic climate, its vital that industry bring their technical expertise to the table. We need industrys help to ensure that the waste materials with the greatest potential for recycling and reuse are selected.

A decision on which new materials are accepted will be made in June 2009.


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