Three potential quality protocols designed to treat 4.2 million tonnes of commercial and industrial waste in the South East have been announced by the European Pathway to Zero Waste (EPOW) programme.
The Zero Waste programme, an initiative between theEnvironment Agency and South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), will consider defining end of waste criteria for:
- Biogas and biomethane for heat and power generation for the gas grid and for transport fuel
- The use of combusted meat bone meal, fertiliser or in building materials
- The use of coal tar covered road planings as aggregate
If taken forward, the three quality protocols would complement those already established by WRAP and the Environment Agency’s Waste Protocols Project, which seeks to identify the steps required to turn what is considered a waste into a reuseable material.
EPOW programme executive Margaret Doherty said: “Through our research with industry, we have identified that these materials have the potential to make the most difference for South East businesses and the environment.”