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Presidential river odyssey

PRESIDENT GEORGE Fleming's motorcycling skills were put to good use during the London association's presidential visit to the Millennium Dome on 6 July. After hearing a presentation from Thames Water on the environmentally friendly use of grey and rainwater on the project, Fleming tried out one of the site's electric scooters. Electricity used to charge up the scooters' batteries comes in part from energy recovered from solid wastes from the Dome, Fleming was told.

The Dome was the second stop on a river trip organised by the association. Earlier, the President and a 20-strong party had heard an Ove Arup engineer explain the progress of investigation into problems with the Millennium Footbridge 'Don't apologise, explain, ' Fleming said. 'There has been no failure. The more explanation, the more understanding, and greater respect for the profession.'

After leaving the Dome, the presidential party headed back upriver and disembarked at the City site of Cory Environmental's waste transfer station. Cory compresses 80,000t of waste every year into containers at the site, loads them on to barges and transports them downriver to a landfill site at Rainham in Essex.

Fleming briefed Cory staff on what he has dubbed sequential batch processing of landfill - a technique that promises to achieve in 18 months the same reduction in overall volume that normally takes 25 years.

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