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Andy Burnham visits NRE Aggregates recycling facility

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, at the NRE Aggregates recycling facility in Salford
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, at the NRE Aggregates recycling facility in Salford

Mayor of Greater Manchester takes a tour of cutting-edge C&D waste washing plant in Salford

ANDY Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester today visited a new CDE construction and demolition waste wash plant operated by NRE Aggregates, part of regeneration business Peel L&P.

The new aggregate recycling facility in Salford repurposes construction and demolition waste which would normally enter landfill to create sustainable aggregate products, contributing to the circular economy and reducing carbon emissions in the North West.


Mayor Burnham was hosted by The Peel Group’s chairman, Mark Whitworth, and associate director of asset and materials management John Peaker as they embarked on an interactive tour of the new wash plant, highlighting the positive impact it will make across the Greater Manchester economy.

Located near to the AJ Bell Stadium, the new facility separates gravel, sand, clay and other materials from construction projects in Greater Manchester. The process recycles up to 99% of the waste material received at the site and also utilizes a filter press and rainwater harvesting to recover water for reuse in the process.

After touring the plant, Mayor Burnham discussed the importance of recycling projects like the Port Salford Aggregate Recycling Facility with members of the team.

He said: ‘Four years ago, I announced my vision to make the Greater Manchester City Region carbon neutral by 2038, a task that can only be achieved by embracing the circular economy. This project is at the forefront of that change and having the opportunity to see the facility up close was invaluable. 

‘I enjoyed meeting the Salford-based team and learning about the steps which helped make this recycling project possible. The mission which Peel NRE are embarking on to repurpose and reuse material throughout the construction chain is vital in helping the UK achieve net zero.’

Mr Peaker added: ‘It was a pleasure to show Mayor Burnham our cutting-edge aggregates wash plant which can recycle up to 250,000 tonnes of construction, demolition and excavation waste per year.

‘We want to influence the construction industry in Greater Manchester and the North West region to encourage the use of recycled aggregates wherever possible and to establish sustainable construction processes.

‘Against a backdrop of high inflation and economic pressures, enhancing recycling in this sector will not only promote sustainability, but also reduce local construction costs for the long term.’

Michael Bibby, business development manager at CDE Group, said: ‘Our purpose at CDE is to create our best world, a tonne at a time, and for NRE Aggregates it is to create a more prosperous and sustainable future for all. To that end, our two companies are both intently focused on building a greener tomorrow, so there is a lot of synergy underlying the partnership.’


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