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Issue 481, 7 May 2002

Waste not, want not, with £450m of landfill funding

Over £450m worth of funding will be available in 2002 for projects that can reduce the UK's dependence on landfill to dispose of waste materials.

The money has been generated by the landfill tax credit scheme, whereby companies can channel 20% of the tax they would otherwise pay on each tonne of waste going to landfill towards environmental research or teaching initiatives.

Researchers can apply for landfill tax credit funding through the University’s environmental trust (ULET). The trust has accessed funding for several projects including Professor Ed Stentiford's work on the composting of household waste.

Sponsored by UK Waste – now part of BIFFA – Professor Stentiford (pictured above) has developed space efficient composting units that can halve the time typical systems take for waste to break down. 

John Barton is also funded through the landfill tax credit scheme, measuring the impact of packaging types on waste generated. Working in partnership with PIRA and the University of Sheffield, his research could provide a framework for packaging legislation, ultimately easing the burden on consumers to recycle their household waste.

The Millennium recycling project, also led by John Barton, ran a kerbside collection scheme in Cottingley (Bradford) and offered advice on sorting rubbish. Recovery of materials rose from 5%, when residents did their own recycling, to 40% when waste was collected. The work has established a best practice for increasing household recycling.

More information about ULET and past projects will be presented at a seminar on Monday 24 June in University House. Places need to be booked before Friday 17 May. Contact Helen Stringer on ext 36052 or email

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