Network Director, Arnold Black, of the government funded Resource Efficiency Knowledge Transfer Network, says ‘Paradoxically the current economic climate may galvanise the debate as consumers look for more ‘intelligent spends’ within their reduced budgets and companies are more inclined to radically re-think their business models. Governments could help tip the balance with focused research funding and sensitive legislation/policy changes............Let’s hope for all our sakes that this area of waste reduction becomes much more about resource recovery through reuse rather than straight recycling and disposal, and thus more in the mainstream family of techniques rather than the distant relative it is currently perceived as.’ The Institution Of Civil Engineers’ ICE Proceedings - Waste and Resource Management, Volume 163, Issue 4, November 2010 is available online (see external link). The six papers discuss the trends and prospects of remanufacture and reuse, environmental benefits, applications of remanufacture in sustainable manufacturing and sector specific reuse. Visitors to the site will be able to view all the contents, abstracts and the editorial for free. However, there is a charge for downloading the full papers and briefing articles. ICE journals represent the highest standards of research and best-practice in civil engineering. ICE Proceedings form a unique interface between the worlds of theory and practice in civil engineering. Covering every major civil and structural engineering discipline, their journals are a comprehensive source of expertise for everyone in civil engineering.

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