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Second plasterboard programme set to be launched

Following positive feedback, a second Plasterboard Capital Support Programme is set to be launched in the space of the last 12 months.

The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) is to implement this with the aim of increasing the quantity and quality of the stream that is recovered and recycled from the construction and demolition sector.

WRAP materials project manager, plasterboard Julian Cope said: This capital support competition is designed to accelerate growth in both the infrastructure and facilities for plasterboard recycling. The immaturity of the plasterboard sector has proven to be a real barrier in the past, with limited resources to support it at all levels.

However, the industry is moving forward more quickly now, with higher levels of plasterboard being diverted from landfill, and WRAP is keen to substantially broaden market opportunities for recycled plasterboard.

Open to anyone involved in recovering and recycling the resource, projects eligible for funding under the programme include, but are not restricted to:

- new or additional collection and bulking facilities for onward recycling

- new or additional collection and mobile processing capacity

- new or additional processing and recycling facilities that produce recovered plasterboard for sale back into plasterboard manufacture, or for onward sale into markets such as agriculture, cement manufacture and clay block manufacture.

The project must also be fully operational by March 31 2008 with arrangements for necessary planning consents and operational licenses as well as for sourcing inputs and marketing the output products.

WRAP will offer a maximum of 30% towards eligible capital costs with workshops planned for March and a closing date for applications of Monday 30 April 2007. Details are available at www.wrap.org.uk.

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