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Manufacturing Industries: West Midlands

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what incentives are available to manufacturers in the West Midlands to use recycled materials. (293771)

A range of advice and support is available to assist firms in the West Midlands seeking to reduce waste and save money through recycling. The Manufacturing Advisory Service in the West Midlands (MAS-WM) and Business Link West Midlands (BL-WM) provide support to businesses to help them improve their efficiency. This can include work to improve processes to reduce or eliminate the creation of waste or to reduce costs through the use of recycled materials. MAS-WM and BL-WM also work with the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) and encourage firms to use their services.

WRAP delivers funding and business development services to recycling firms in the West Midlands as part of an AWM (Regional Development Agency) funded support programme worth £5 million.

NISP, now supported by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, brings together companies which produce waste with other companies which can use that waste as raw materials. This assists both companies, saving the waste producer the cost of disposal and providing the waste user with materials at a lower cost than if they had used virgin raw materials. NISP has:

1. Saved 5.2 million tonnes of waste going to landfill

2. Eliminated 357,000 tonnes of hazardous waste

3. Save the use of 7.9 million tonnes of virgin material

4. Saved 9.4 million tonnes of water

5. Prevented 5.2 million tonnes of carbon emissions

6. Attracted £116 million of private sector investment