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17 January 2018

MPA Cement Contributes to New Waste to Resource Productivity Report

MPA has welcomed the 'From waste to resource productivity' report, which was published by the former Government Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Mark Walport on 14th December 2017.

Bringing together evidence on waste from a range of industry, academic and government sources, and co-authored by Professor Ian Boyd, the Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the report explores how we can treat waste as a valuable resource and use new technology and approaches to get the most from it in the UK.

The report is accompanied by a case study report that brings together evidence and opinions from a range of stakeholders, including a study from MPA's Dr. Richard Leese and Dr. Rebecca Hooper regarding co-processing waste in cement.

This document is not a statement of government policy, but it is the first Government report to reference co-processed recycling of waste derived fuels and raw materials and considers the value of waste.  

Dr Richard Leese, MPA's Director of Industrial Policy, Energy and Climate Change, said:

"UK cement manufacturers recycle 1.5Mt of waste and by-products annually. Government scientists have finally acknowledged the important recycling that the cement industry provides for UK society."

"This report is important recognition of the valuable recycling and energy recovery that the UK cement industry provides through a unique process called co-processing. Co-processing takes materials low down in the value chain, combines them with natural minerals to create a cement product that is essential for society. It does this without creating new wastes for society to deal with."

"This is the first time that co-processing, which involves the simultaneous recovery of energy, minerals and metals from wastes, has been recognised by Government scientists. The next step will be for Government to account for this societal benefit in its official recycling statistics."


Notes to Editors:

  • The views expressed do not represent those of the GCSA, Defra's Chief Scientific Adviser or the UK government.

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar and silica sand industries. With the affiliation of British Precast, the British Association of Reinforcement (BAR), Eurobitume, QPA Northern Ireland, MPA Scotland and the British Calcium Carbonate Federation, it has a growing membership of 480 companies and is the sectoral voice for mineral products. MPA membership is made up of the vast majority of independent SME quarrying companies throughout the UK, as well as the 9 major international and global companies. It covers 100% of UK cement production, 90% of GB aggregates production, 95% of asphalt and over 70% of ready-mixed concrete and precast concrete production. Each year the industry supplies £20 billion worth of materials and services to the Economy and is the largest supplier to the construction industry, which had annual output valued at £151 billion in 2016. Industry production represents the largest materials flow in the UK economy and is also one of the largest manufacturing sectors. For more information visit:

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