Wednesday, March 04, 2009

UK COUNTY NEWS - Postcodes BA&TA - Somerset is UK’s top recycling county

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Somerset is UK’s top recycling county

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Somerset is the UK’s top county for recycling, new figures show – re-enforcing the potential for green businesses (make it reuse and we might have to move -Ed)

Somerset recycled an average of 51% of its household waste in 2007/08, more than any other county, saving £7million costs. In addition, 92% of it was recycled in Britain.

Rupert Cox, Into Somerset’s interim CEO, says, “Our fast-growing energy and environmental sector is diverse, but has key strengths, particularly in renewable energy and nuclear power.

“Somerset County Council has been proactive in the development of wind power initiatives and renewables, with a target of 15% of its sub-regional energy to be renewable by 2010.

Somerset reused and recycled 163,282 tonnes of waste in 2007/08, saving an estimated 117,934 tonnes of carbon emissions – equivalent to taking 32,750 cars off the road for a year, show figures released by DEFRA, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Sustainable construction companies, renewable energy specialists, waste disposal companies, water technology firms and biomass plants are all represented by Somerset businesses.

Mr Cox added, “Into Somerset has carried out extensive market research, which shows the potential for businesses in this sector.

“The county has so much to offer companies working in this sector and with both existing and future projects like the Genesis Project and the possibility of the Severn Barrage; we are well positioned as one of the leading environmental counties in the UK.”

Hinkley Point B and the likely development of Hinkley Point C, plus a centre of excellence for decommissioning in Bridgwater College and a centre of excellence for energy, makes Somerset a key location for further research centres and specialist companies to develop bases in the region.

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