IBA rises from the ashes

The UK does not count incinerator bottom ash in its recycling figures. But very little of it goes to landfill and it is a valuable material for industry, finds Jez Abbott

by Jez Abbott
Incinerator bottom ash can contain fragments of many materials left after combustion, such as glass, and can be used as an alternative to aggregates. Photograph: ESG
Incinerator bottom ash can contain fragments of many materials left after combustion, such as glass, and can be used as an alternative to aggregates. Photograph: ESG

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