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UK waste and renewable projects get EU support

More than €60m (£49m) of European funding has been awarded to waste and environmental projects in the UK and Ireland under the LIFE+ programme.

The 11 UK initiatives granted EU support include a project by Shanks Group to develop a new anaerobic fermentation process, designed to improve resource efficiency and reduce CO² emissions.

A project by the London Community Resource Network will help residents create extra spaces in reuse hubs to collect, store and repair bulky items, in a bid to reduce illegal dumping and fly-tipping.

A project by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to demonstrate innovative ways to tackle waste crime has also gained support.

In Ireland, funding will go to a project to demonstrate best practice in waste reuse and preparation for reuse via a social enterprise.

The grants are part of the European Commission funding of €283m (£232m) awarded to 225 new environment and climate projects across member states, under the LIFE+ programme.

Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: “These latest projects will make a vital contribution to the preservation, conservation and enhancement of Europe’s natural capital, as well as helping to achieve sustainable growth through investment in a low carbon and resource efficient economy.”

A full list of the projects awarded funding is available here.

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