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Waste projects win funding from EU

Two projects dealing with waste are among six in the UK that have qualified for funding from the EUs LIFE Environment programme for 2004.

The University of Wales, Bangor, is receiving a grant of E1.5 million (£1.02m) towards a E3.12m project to demonstrate a new technology for the effective reuse of waste for the sustainable restoration of post-industrial and degraded land.

Specifically, it is for the

use of industrial and municipal wastes with in-vessel composting treatment to regenerate brownfield urban land and degraded agricultural land.

In Bristol, the Environment Agency has been awarded E726,000 towards the E1.5m HAZRED project, which aims to reduce the volume of hazardous waste generated by targeting small and medium-sized enterprises in six priority industry sectors.

LIFE said the problem of hazardous waste was particularly acute in communities that are remote from a waste infrastructure. This is because this could lead to stockpiling and expensive long-distance waste transport.

The total E76 million funding is helping 109 projects in 18 European states.

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