ZeroWise ERDF Bulky Waste Project

ZeroWise ERDF Bulky Waste Project
Funded by the European Regional Development Fund & South East England Development Agency


Kingsnorth Waste Management is a partner in the ZeroWise Bulky Waste Project and is committed to improving knowledge and identifying outlets for materials that currently have restricted markets.

The three year project is managed by Remade South East and is aimed at reducing the volumes of waste going to landfill by finding recycling, re-use and energy-from-waste solutions for bulky waste streams from public and private sector sources.

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), the project focuses on developing collection and recycling services for bulky waste items such as furniture, carpets, mattresses, plasterboard and large plastic items.

The initiative aims to identify a minimum of 6 new waste markets and will result in 30,000 tonnes of waste being diverted from landfill.

Benefits of the Project:

  • Assists local authorities and other organisations to meet recycling targets
  • Supports Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) develop new business models
  • Prolongs the life of landfill sites in the South East
  • Returns energy from contaminated items
  • Boosts social enterprise by encouraging re-use schemes
  • Supports new markets for waste resources

 FREE assistance is being provided to SMEs through 4 work packages:

  1. 1.      Research and Development:

 Remade will conduct a bulky waste survey in the South to identify the key waste streams and to assess the amounts and volumes being recycled or sent to landfill.  Solutions for bulky waste from other countries will also be examined.

  1. 2.      Trial Activities:

 The project partners will conduct trial activities to establish large scale markets for carpets, mattresses, bulky plastic items, treated wood, plasterboard and furniture.

  1. 3.      Trial Collections:

 Trial collections of bulky items will be operated, collecting from households and businesses.

  1. 4.      Energy from waste solutions:

 The project will explore energy from waste solutions for heavily contaminated items such as carpets, mattresses and soft furnishings.

  1. 5.      Promotion and awareness:

 The ZeroWise partners aim to deliver promotion and awareness-raising training sessions on bulky waste for participating organisations over the next three years.

For more project information and to download the full programme of support available please visit the Remade South East Website.

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