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:: CSRP is Making Use of Mineral Processing Residues

The Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Resource Processing (CSRP) is attempting to treat mineral residue so it can be used to make useful products.

The Western Australian-based group says turning mineral processing residues from Australia's mining and energy industries into useful products like concrete, construction materials (such as sand and aggregates), soil treatments and nutrient traps, will improve ecological, societal and economic outcomes.

CSRP CEO, Stevan Green explains that in the first trial, more than 2500 cubic metres of sand was extracted from bauxite residue and then used as road base to widen the Greenlands Road access to the new highway near Pinjarra.

This trial is only one of several exciting CSRP innovations which could lead to reduced costs, less energy and water use and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

CSRP was established in 2003 under the Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centres Program and is supported by the Western Australia Government through its Centres of Excellence Program.




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