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[greenyes] FW: WRAP e-Newsletter February 2004


Hi all,

If you don't know about the WRAP newsletter out of the U.K., I thought
I'd share one with everyone. Lots of good stuff happening over there,
and the recyclers across the big pond are a great bunch of folks to work
with!

Eric Lombardi
Executive Director
Eco-Cycle, Inc
Boulder, CO
303-444-6634
www.ecocycle.org
"Recycling may not save the world, but the recycling spirit might."

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WRAP e-newsletter February 2004


1. PRESS RELEASE - "First Compost certification in Northern Ireland" -
Natural World Products (NWP) has become the first compost producer in
Northern Ireland to achieve certification from The Composting
Association to BSI PAS 100, the quality standard for composted
materials. For more details go to
http://www.wrap.org.uk/news_detail.asp?NewsID=374

2. RECYCLED MATERIALS HIGHLIGHTS
Glass - WRAP will be exhibiting at Glassex 2004, from 14-17 March. We
will be presenting the report from our research into the tonnages and
types of architectural flat glass used in UK construction, including
framing methods and materials and their impact on recyclability. The
project also sets out to identify the barriers to increasing collection
of this waste glass.

Work will soon be beginning into a further project related to flat
glass. The project is based on the design, undertaking and management
of four practical trials to collect and separate post use domestic
window waste, and will include the assessment and reporting of their
technical, practical, commercial and economic viability.


Wood - "A study of wood recycling activities within the M62 corridor" -
This seminar, being held on 19 March, will present the findings of
WRAP,TRADA Technology,The Mersey Forest and the Red Rose Forest
Partnership's survey to assess the volumes and availability of materials
for wood recycling in the Merseyside and Greater Manchester area. With
increasing costs and government targets to divert biodegradable waste
from landfill it is increasingly important that desirable options are
sought for waste wood.

Despite a limited number of markets for recycled wood, the study
identified that many wood recycling initiatives are already taking place
across a range of industry sectors. This seminar supported by the North
West Regional Authority will review the findings of this study and is
aimed at individuals and organisations with an interest in generating,
collecting, handling or processing of wood waste. More information,
when it becomes available, can be found on
http://www.wrap.org.uk/events.asp


Aggregates - Sustainable construction, minimisation of environmental
impact and corporate social responsibility (CSR) are now widely
incorporated in organisational policies but acting on these policies can
be a juggling act requiring unscheduled time and incurring unbudgeted
costs. Readily available information and easy to use tools are ways of
simplifying the process and now WRAP is offering such information and
tools to decision-makers balancing corporate policy requirements and
practical delivery targets. During March 2004 the WRAP Aggregates team
is running a series of FREE training events to enable users of these
tools to maximise the benefits available from the use of recycled and
secondary aggregates, fulfil CSR responsibilities by simple inclusions
in tender documents and quickly decide if the options presented are
practical. Please keep an eye on http://www.wrap.org.uk/events.asp for
more details.


Organics - We will be announcing our second Capital Support Programme at
the beginning of March. The competition will focus on providing support
towards the capital cost of developing composting facilities and
added-value product manufacturing facilities. Further information will
be available on the WRAP website from 1 March.

After four successful "Quality Management Systems for Composting
Facilities" seminars during February, we are looking forward to the
final two courses in the first week of March. For more information, go
to http://www.wrap.org.uk/events.asp .


Paper - "Promoting the use of recycled cellulose paper fibre as
insulation in steel building systems" - This seminar will present the
findings of the research undertaken by WRAP, Corus and Excel Fibres to
examine the technical barriers to developing a cellulose fibre
insulation product suitable for use in the steel cladding and light
steel framing markets. The event will be held in Banbury on 22 March.
Please keep an eye on http://www.wrap.org.uk/events.asp for more
details.


Plastics - "New panel material makes light of transport costs" -
Interested in increasing payload and reducing fuel costs? On Stand 8-101
at the Commercial Vehicle show next month, a consortium of partners
funded by WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme) will be
launching Panelplus, a lightweight, environmentally beneficial truck
body panelling material. For more details go to
http://www.wrap.org.uk/news_detail.asp?NewsID=376

Work has now begun on the WRAP project to develop new end use, high
volume applications for post use coloured (Jazz) PET. Jazz PET has the
equivalent mechanical properties of natural PET. However it only
achieves 30% of its value. This situation adversely effects the
economics of bottle collection.



3. Business Development Service - WRAP's launch of the eQuip Residual
Value Guarantee scheme will enable more recycling businesses to take
advantage of operating leases on capital equipment for recycling
purposes. Initially available in the plastics, glass and composting
sectors, eQuip provides the lessor with a guaranteed residual value at
the end of the leasing period. This helps to alleviate some of the
usual risk associated with the specialised and uncertain markets for
used recycling equipment, and should make this type of lease more
readily available to recyclers. More information and details on
criteria and how to apply to eQuip can be found at
http://www.wrap.org.uk/eQuip


4. PRocurement - A project has been launched to compile good practice in
procuring recycled paper for copying and printed publications. It will
consider how to keep costs under control and how to set outcome-based
contract specifications. In addition, two events are being organised to
make the case for resource-efficient procurement to policy-makers and
senior managers in local authorities. One is a fringe seminar at the
COSLA Annual Conference on 11th March, and the other will be staged at
the Kent Remade Green Trade Fair on 29th March.


5. REMADE NETWORK UK - Network members ReMaDe Kent & Medway and ReMaDe
Essex are organising "Buying Greener in the South East - Closing the
Recycling Loop for Business and the Public Sector" at the Hilton
Dartford Bridge on 29 March 2004. The event will open with a key note
speech by the Rt Hon John Gummer MP and be followed by a series of
seminars and the exhibition of recycled products sponsored by Cleanaway
Limited. Jennie Price, WRAP's Chief Executive, will introduce the
WRAP-run session for local authorities 'Sustainable Procurement - Making
It Happen'. This seminar will identify opportunities for change and show
how 'procure recycled' initiatives fit within sustainable procurement.
For more information telephone ReMaDe Kent & Medway on 01732 876617 or
email Ian@no.address <mailto:Ian@no.address>

6. RECENT PUBLICATIONS - An almost complete range of interim reports is
now available for the Plastic R&D project to develop plastic media for
water filtration units. Go to http://www.wrap.org.uk/plastic_home.asp
and select the Projects button.

7. EVENTS - "Waste Glass in Concrete Construction - London" - This
seminar, to be held on the 4 March, will give networking and discussion
opportunities in the areas of current legislation on waste glass,
developing markets, pozzolanic reaction of glass in concrete, avoidance
of alkali-silica reaction, certification issues relating to glass
aggregates and pozzolan in concrete products and new and exciting
architectural concrete finishes. Please go to
http://www.wrap.org.uk/events.asp for more details.

8. TENDERS - WRAP has tenders/grants open in the following areas:
Capital Grant Assistance to Increase the Processing Capacity for Fine
Glass Powder.
A further tranche of local communications funding, "Performance
improvement through communications initiatives", will be opening 1
March.
See our Invitation to Tenders http://www.wrap.org.uk/tender_search.asp
page for more details.

9. ABOUT WRAP, the Waste & Resources Action Programme - We are working
to promote sustainable waste management by creating stable and efficient
markets for recycled materials and products

Email: helpline@no.address
Helpline Freephone: 0808 100 20 40
Website: http://www.wrap.org.uk
Address: The Old Academy, 21 Horse Fair, Banbury, Oxon., OX16
0AH
Feedback about this newsletter: alison.keyes@no.address

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