The new initiative that has been launched by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) aims to provide financial assistance for projects in the UK which will collectively increase the quantity and quality of plasterboard that is recovered and recycled from the construction and demolition sector.
WRAP materials project manager for plasterboard Julian Cope said: Plasterboard recycling is currently an immature sector and the UK has a limited collection, segregation and processing infrastructure. Lack of investment is a real barrier to the availability of recycled gypsum at competitive cost, sufficient volumes and consistent quality.
As part of its remit to encourage better materials resource efficiency, WRAP sees the Plasterboard Capital Support Programme (PCSP) as a real opportunity to stimulate investment by increasing the UK capacity to recover and recycle plasterboard, thereby increasing diversion from landfill and reducing the reliance on primary extraction.
The PCSP is open to anyone involved in recovering and reprocessing waste plasterboard, with it providing up to 30% of the eligible capital costs of a project such as plant, equipment, land and infrastructure.
Those eligible include new or additional collection and bulking facilities for onward recycling, processing capacity to produce recovered plasterboard for onward sale into markets such as agriculture, cement and clay block manufacture or for sale back into plasterboard manufacture.
WRAP capital grant manager Michelle ORiley said: Key criteria in winning funding will include overall value for money, the applicants arrangements for marketing the output products and their ability to deliver the project within the timescale of the programme.
Those applications or proposals which most strongly meet the core evaluation criteria and demonstrate best value will be selected for financial support.
Projects must be located in the UK and be installed and fully operational by 31 March 2008, with WRAP running a number of seminars during September to explain the scope and parameters of the PCSP.
For more information, visit www.wrap.org.uk.