A £5 million state-of-the-art recycling centre for construction, demolition and excavation waste has opened its doors in Birmingham.
The new facility, which has been part-funded by WRAP - the Waste & Resources Action Programme - will produce 120,000 tonnes a year of recycled aggregates when it reaches full capacity.
Built by Coleman & Co and awarded £390,741 in funding from WRAP, the recycling centre is equipped with segregation, processing and washing plant which will enable the firm to produce high quality recycled aggregates for use in construction and in the ready mixed concrete industry.
The facility will handle waste from the company's own core activities of demolition, land reclamation and bulk excavation, as well as waste materials from external contracts and third parties.
Speaking at the opening, WRAP chairman Vic Cocker said: "Construction, demolition and excavation waste amounts to almost 100 million tonnes per year in the UK and represents a valuable sustainable resource.
"One of WRAP's key objectives is to develop the UK's recycling infrastructure and we are delighted to support Coleman's new facility, which will make a real contribution to increasing the use of recycled aggregates in the future," he said.
Located in Great Barr, the new centre is due to reach full capacity in spring 2006, by which time Coleman estimate that it will be processing over 2,000 tonnes of waste material per week.
"The funding from WRAP has supported the construction of a first class recycling facility that will process material previously destined for landfill into valuable usable products," said David Coleman, managing director of Coleman & Co.
"It has allowed us to take a sustainable approach to our own material use, as well as providing a recycling service to construction industry customers."
A not-for-profit company in the private sector, WRAP is backed by substantial Government funding.