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Wessex Water New Operations Centre

Project 11

Key innovation - segregating waste and recycling

Waste is segregated on site into 20m3 and 40m3 skips. Initially timber and steel are being segregated and taken off site for recycling by a waste disposal/ recycling company. After eight weeks 180m3 of timber and 40m3 of steel had been taken for recycling and hence did not end up in a landfill site, saving landfill fees and associated environmental benefits. It is currently estimated that 70% of waste will be recycled. Data is being collated and will be presented when the project completes. The main lesson learned was that recycling is viable only if there is a market.

The team

Wessex Water, Bennetts Associates, Buro Happold, Mace, DL&E, Grant Associates and Bernard Ede

Start: February 1998

Completion: July 1999

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