Recycling Firms Grab Grants

Thirteen West Midlands-based recycling businesses are set to share nearly £1.5 million funding.

The companies have successfully applied to the WRAP-AWM Recycling Programme, a £5 million joint initiative between government-funded waste agency WRAP and regional development agency Advantage West Midlands that aims to increase recycling capacity and facilities across the region.

One of the firms set for a funding fillip is Dudley-based Overton Recycling Ltd. They will use the cash to buy a new materials handler that will increase their capacity for recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) by around 500%.

Dean Overton, the firm’s director, said, “The new equipment will mean we can move 240 kg of materials every minute – and that used to take us all day when we had to do it manually.”

Other companies receiving awards are: Omnia Recycling Ltd, Wolverhampton; Walsall Concrete Ltd; Lawrence Recycling, Kidderminster; Arden Wood Shavings, Solihull; Wood Waste Recycling, Tyseley; Recycled UK, Coseley; Anytime Concrete, West Bromwich; Clews Recycling, Rugby; Wilshees, Burton upon Trent; Midlands Reclamation, Long Marston; and NDC Polythenes, Old Hill.

Julia Turner, WRAP’s AWM programme manager, said, “We are extremely pleased with the responses we have received. Businesses that have won funding will be able to divert more waste from landfill and help the West Midlands to make the most of its material resources.”

Mark Pearce, corporate director for economic development at AWM, added, “The projects being supported by these grants will help the West Midlands region to divert more than 900,000 tonnes of its commercial and industrial waste from landfill.”

For further information on the WRAP-AWM Recycling Programme, visit the WRAP website (opens a new window)

Source: WRAP, 07/12/2009