Page 32 - Hub-4 Magazine Issue 67
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  Washing & Screening
Research project to create new materials
from recycling’s waste products
Plans for Scotland’s first hazardous soil treatment centre announced...
Heriot-Watt University has joined forces with Brewster Bros, a leading recycling business based in Livingston, to create new materials from the residual waste left over during the recycling process.
Recycled clay can account for up to 25% of the output produced when excavation waste is recycled via a washing process. This by-product commonly ends up in landfill.
Now a £250,000 Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) aims to develop Scotland’s circular economy approach further by undertaking significant research and development into creating new sustainable products from waste streams.
The project will also include the creation of a hazardous soil treatment centre, the first of its kind in Scotland.
Professor Gabriela Medero, a geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineer from Heriot-Watt University, will oversee the research.
She explains: “As pressure mounts on global governments to react to the climate crisis, future regulation and legislation in the waste industry must be shaped to facilitate the adoption of a complete circular economy. Net zero targets are ambitious and will only be met through a reduction in the consumption of finite resources and a shift towards the use of sustainable products. Landfill, a symptom of the linear economy, can only be reduced if waste can be more effectively recycled into sustainable and innovative products.
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