Waste management in the United Kingdom could use a recycling boost. To start the country down the waste to energy path, the government sponsored Waste Resources Action Program (WRAP) made a US$ 1 million contract with the Canadian business First American Scientific (FASC) for a KDS Micronex System.Vancouver, Canada – September 14, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Waste management in the United Kingdom could use a recycling boost. To start the country down the waste to energy path, the government sponsored Waste Resources Action Program (WRAP) made a US$ 1 million contract with the Canadian business First American Scientific (FASC) for a waste to energy KDS Micronex System. The KDS system dries and grinds waste biomass and other waste materials into a dry combustible fuel or value added industrial feedstock. Under the agreement, WRAP has agreed to provide funding to demonstrate the technology, and to develop value enhanced end products from the output of the machine. Funding for the purchase will come from WRAP, and the waste to energy system is destined for an unnamed industrial site in England. The fund will also pay for market research, scientific research, re-design and adaptation costs for the equipment and supplementary systems for industry-specific applications. FASC engineering staff will manage the project, which will run for approximately 18 months. The goals of the project are to demonstrate the KDS technology in a working environment, optimize ancillary equipment to improve its efficiency, and identify markets for recycled end products. WRAP was created by the UK Government to work with industry, the public sector and the wider community to bring about positive change in the management of waste in the UK by increasing recycling. Set up as a not-for-profit company in 2000, WRAP is backed by government funding from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Its particular focus is on creating stable and efficient markets for recycled materials and products and removing barriers to waste minimization, re-use and recycling. “We are extremely fortunate to have won the support of the UK government and to draw on the resources of the WRAP program to assist us in introducing our KDS technology into the UK and the European Union market where stringent environmental legislation, high disposal for waste and high energy costs create a significant opportunity for our technology,” FASC President Brian Nichols said.