Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

One person's waste is another's resource

Date:
July 8, 2010
Source:
University of Teesside
Summary:
With the UK burying more than 18.8 million tonnes of household waste -- two million tonnes more than any other EU country -- a research project is underway to find new uses for both industrial and household waste.

Christine Parry from Teesside University's Clean Environment Management Centre (CLEMANCE).
Credit: Image courtesy of University of Teesside

With the UK burying more than 18.8 million tonnes of household waste -- two million tonnes more than any other EU country, a research project is underway at Teesside University to find new uses for both industrial and household waste. It could help the UK to avoid 'fines' of up to 180m a year if the country fails to meet targets to reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill sites by 2020.

A team at Teesside University has received 1.76m to carry out work to find innovative new uses for industrial and domestic waste in North East England.

As well as researching new uses for industrial waste, the investment will allow the centre to investigate ways of re-using domestic waste collected from kerbsides by councils.

The money has been awarded to the Industrial Symbiosis team within the University's Clean Environment Management Centre (CLEMANCE).

Industrial symbiosis is the practice of recycling waste for use as raw materials.

The money comes from:

  • 1m over four years from International Synergies Ltd, which helps companies identify new uses for waste produced as part of their industrial processes. Many waste products can be used as raw materials, saving money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • 621,000 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Competitiveness programme 2007-13 for North East England, managed by One North East on behalf of the European Commission, national government and regional partners.
  • 143,000 from the Institute for Local Governance, which helps the five North East universities work with public organisations such as councils and emergency services to reduce waste.

The funding will help CLEMANCE towards its target of reducing CO2 by over 250,000 tonnes and preventing 250,000 tonnes of waste going to landfill, making environmental savings as well as improving business profitability.

It will help provide assistance to 40 enterprises each year, including small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs).

North East Industrial Symbiosis Project Manager Christine Parry, who is based at CLEMANCE, said: "Companies need to consider ways of re-using their waste. Legislation is constantly driving them in that direction and they are also facing increased landfill charges.

"A growing number of materials are already banned from landfill, such as electrical items, tyres, liquids and gypsum with more due to be added. This will increase the pressure on companies to find alternative uses for their waste.

"We need to need to increase the capacity and will of SMEs and their workforces to improve business performance by recognising that waste is a useful raw material and a resource to be utilised. There are numerous opportunities for collaborative networking, sharing resources and access to technical information, research and support for virgin material savings between companies. The funding we have received will help us with our work in that area."

The money from the Institute for Local Governance will allow CLEMANCE to investigate new uses for domestic waste gathered during kerbside collections, including plastics. The work is supported by Hartlepool and Gateshead councils.

CLEMANCE Senior Practitioner Kirk Bridgewood said: "The study was prompted by the recent collapse in the market for recycled items, which could potentially give councils a major problem if they are unable to sell the collected materials. In addition, there were stories about materials being stockpiled because no one wanted to buy. We want to find out ways of making sure that does not happen again and we will also be looking at the amount of materials exported to places like China.

"We want to see if there are ways in which materials can be recycled in the North East of England instead. Plastics are a good example. There are companies in this area that could use discarded plastics as raw materials."


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by University of Teesside. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

University of Teesside. "One person's waste is another's resource." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 8 July 2010. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100708104324.htm>.
University of Teesside. (2010, July 8). One person's waste is another's resource. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 16, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100708104324.htm
University of Teesside. "One person's waste is another's resource." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100708104324.htm (accessed September 16, 2014).

Share This



More Earth & Climate News

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Raw: Scientists Examine Colossal Squid

Raw: Scientists Examine Colossal Squid

AP (Sep. 16, 2014) Squid experts in New Zealand thawed and examined an unusual catch on Tuesday: a colossal squid. It was captured in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea in December last year and has been frozen for eight months. (Sept. 16) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Man Floats for 31 Hours in Gulf Waters

Man Floats for 31 Hours in Gulf Waters

AP (Sep. 16, 2014) A Texas man is lucky to be alive after he and three others floated for more than a day in the Gulf of Mexico when their boat sank during a fishing trip. (Sept. 16) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Researchers Explore Shipwrecks Off Calif. Coast

Researchers Explore Shipwrecks Off Calif. Coast

AP (Sep. 16, 2014) Federal researchers are exploring more than a dozen underwater sites where they believe ships sank in the treacherous waters west of San Francisco in the decades following the Gold Rush. (Sept. 16) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Isolated N. Korea Asks For International Help With Volcano

Isolated N. Korea Asks For International Help With Volcano

Newsy (Sep. 16, 2014) Mount Paektu volcano in North Korea is showing signs of life and there's not much known about it. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

    Environment News

      Technology News



      Save/Print:
      Share:

      Free Subscriptions


      Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

      Get Social & Mobile


      Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

      Have Feedback?


      Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
      Mobile: iPhone Android Web
      Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
      Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
      Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins