The Recycling Commercialisation Centre was established by WRAP to support and accelerate the growth and development of early stage technologies in the recycling sector. It is operated by Imperial Innovations – one of the UK’s leading technology commercialisation and investment companies.
Commenting on the contract Steve Creed, Director of Business Growth at WRAP, said:
“WRAP is committed to encouraging growth in the recycling industry through product innovation and developing new markets for recycled materials. A major part of our work is persuading people to think again about whether something is a waste or a resource. Fine-Agg ticks all the boxes and we are delighted that the inventors are working with the Recycling Commercialisation Centre to bring this technology to market."
Successful application of the Fine-Agg technology promises to alleviate disposal of a waste material through the creation of a value-added product. Soil and aggregate washing facilities which produce recycled aggregates typically produce unusable mineral silt and fines as a significant waste material. Waste silt, which can reach up to 10% of the material processed, is commonly disposed of in landfill as it is not perceived as a useful product.
The Recycling Commercialisation Centre will assist in the development of the Fine-Agg technology and help to bring it to market by:
providing resources for technical testing and business planning;
building a management team;
providing access to funds and investor; and
developing and exploiting product markets.
Looking to the future co-inventor Dr Cheeseman says of the contract:
“With guidance and support from the Recycling Commercialisation Centre at Imperial Innovations, I am confident that the Fine-Agg technology will have a successful commercial future”.