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Street sweepings turned into award-winning product

United Kingdom – At the 2016 National Recycling Awards run by UK magazine Materials Recycling World, waste management and recycling specialist Suez has won top prize in the recycled products category for its concrete blocks manufactured using the sand and aggregate obtained from street sweepings.

On an annual basis, Suez processes around 70 000 tonnes of street sweepings at two locations in central England, one in Wolverhampton and the other in Coventry.

Around 100 blocks, each weighing 2.2 tonnes, are produced every week and are used to create not only recycling bays at Suez’s materials recycling facilities and transfer stations but also traffic and pedestrian barriers.

Known as Kenney Blocks, these are named after the Suez staff member who came up with the idea, Ian Kenney. Judges at the National Recycling Awards praised the ‘passion and drive’ of the people behind the development of ‘a commercial product that has a wide range of uses and can be continually recycled in a closed-loop fashion from a very challenging waste stream’.

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