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News round-up 9/3

Scottish remanufacturing funding; NI consults on renewable energy; Minister visits MRF; Applicants seek CE research fund

Scottish remanufacturing funding

A total of £238,360 has been awarded to nine Scottish remanufacturing businesses to fund projects exploring how to make the most efficient use of materials.

The companies include Cummins Diesel ReCon, ACS Marine, Campers Scotland Ltd and WEEE Scotland and their projects involve areas such as logistics in recovering products for remanufacture, material wear, cleaning technologies and end-of- life assessment.

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NI consults on renewable energy

Northern Ireland environment minister Mark H Durkan has announced calls for evidence on the country’ renewable energy policy.

This follows publication of his department’s strategic planning policy statement last September, after which he pledged to conduct a full review of its renewable energy and countryside development policies.

The consultation document says energy-from-waste is one of the key sources of renewable energy.

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Minister visits MRF

Schools minister Nick Gibb has visited Ford MRF in West Sussex.

The Conservative MP (pictured) visited the site run by Viridor on behalf of West Sussex County Council to learn more about boosting recycling, the work of the site’s visitors centre and the importance of putting the right stuff in the right bin.

The facility, linking with a network of eleven local household recycling sites, handles recycling from all househoulds in West Sussex, with capacity to process up to 100,000 tonnes of materials every year.

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Applicants seek CE research fund

Environmental consultancy Oakdene Hollins’s director David Fitzsimons was on the selection panel for applications to a £5m fund for research into the Circular Economy.

He joined a panel at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to rank expressions of interest in the Systems Change – Towards a Circular Economy fund.

“Professor Barry Clarke from Leeds steered us through a complex set of choices as we worked through many excellent applications,” said Fitzsimons.

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