HMIP builds on Yorkshire waste reduction project

British industry could reduce its costs by £1 billion if it applied the waste minimisation techniques used successfully in the Aire and Calder Project in Yorkshire, according to the venture's originator, the Centre for Exploitation of Science and Technology (CEST). The scheme's achievements have prompted HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) to sponsor a study of the scope for waste reduction in three sectors of the chemical and metal industries.

The Aire and Calder Project was established in March 1992. Its objective was to assist the 11 participating companies to identify, with the help of a consultancy, ways of cutting their water consumption and effluent generation which would reduce both their costs and the burdens their operations impose on the environment.

A detailed progress report on the project, together with a similar scheme launched this summer in the Mersey Basin, was

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