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Chinook Sciences Continues Winning Streak with Prestigious National Recycling Award
July 4th, 2014 

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The Company Follows Up Three Previous Award Wins This Year by Taking Top Honours in the Best Energy from Waste Initiative Category

Leading clean-tech group, Chinook Sciences, won top honours in the Best Energy From Waste Initiative category of this year’s Materials Recycling World (MRW) National Recycling Awards.

The company received the award in recognition of the importance of its latest facility, an advanced thermal treatment plant being commissioned at Oldbury in the West Midlands, in defining the standard for what the Circular Economy can achieve for resource efficiency in the automotive and metal recycling industries. The plant will recover unprecedented amounts of recyclable metal and renewable energy from waste, using Chinook’s patented End-Stage Recycling® technology.   It is the world’s largest industrial waste gasification plant, and has been developed in partnership with Warrington-based European Metal Recycling (EMR), the leading global metal recycling company.

Organised by MRW magazine, the National Recycling Awards are judged by a distinguished panel of 23 industry experts and recognise excellence in all sections of the waste and resource management industry, highlighting the critical importance to the Circular Economy of recycling, reducing waste and preserving resources.

Chinook was described by the judges as ‘standing head and shoulders above the competition.’ In addition, Robin Latchem, the editor of MRW, praised the company and said, ‘This is a very innovative and impressive technology that has been demonstrated and can be applied to a wide range of waste streams including automotive and household waste. ‘

Dr Rifat Chalabi, Chinook Sciences’ Group Chairman and CEO, said: ‘We are honoured to be recognised by MRW with this prestigious award. Chinook’s technology fundamentally changes the way value is extracted from waste, through maximising metal recovery and recycling, combined with maximum energy extraction and power generation. Our technology recovers more valuable metal, and generates more energy per tonne of waste processed, than any other Energy from Waste system in the market.’

He added, ‘This award recognises Chinook’s successful development and commercialisation of advanced technology to recover valuable recyclates and energy for waste streams that would otherwise go to landfill as other technologies are not able to process them.  The End-Stage Recycling® concept enables a disposal problem to become a recycling and energy recovery opportunity, a leading example of the Circular Economy at work, with a very positive impact on the waste hierarchy and the UK’s carbon reduction agenda.’

Chinook’s Oldbury plant will process 160,000 tonnes per year of recycling residues and recover 10,000 tonnes of clean metal that would otherwise have been lost to landfill. The plant will generate a significant amount of electricity, with an installed generating capacity of 40 megawatts - enough to run EMR’s recycling operation on the site and power more than 30,000 homes.

The MRW National Recycling Awards 2014 is organised by MRW, part of EMAP. For more information about MRW, see www.mrw.co.uk