UK: New £800,000 fund to kick-start innovative partnerships in waste prevention

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Source: Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP)

Banbury, UK — Local businesses, councils, charities and voluntary groups are being called upon to join together to prevent waste.  Grants, of up to £50,000 (€62,000), are now available to partnerships with the most innovative ideas. The £800,000 (€98,000) Innovation in Waste Prevention Fund is open to applications from two or more parties working together, and will support local level creative ideas for preventing waste of priority materials. The fund aims to boost voluntary opportunities and provides the potential to create new jobs in your area by promoting the introduction of new services and the adoption of alternative, anti-waste business approaches.

Eligible projects that could be funded, but are not limited to, include:

  • Textile or electrical repair skills workshops run by local businesses and voluntary groups.
  • Businesses working with local charities to prevent food waste by distributing surplus food to those who need it.
  • Councils working with local companies to re-use and repair items that businesses no longer need.
  • Businesses working with educational establishments to design products that result in less waste.
  • Household goods and furniture re-use initiatives including housing associations, councils and charities.

The Innovation in Waste Prevention Fund is being managed by the UK’s resource efficiency experts, WRAP, with funding from Defra.  It aims to support communities across England in their efforts to prevent waste, stimulating long-term changes to business models that encourage items to be kept in use for longer. Applicants can be from existing partnerships or ones newly formed to access the funding. They simply need to have an innovative idea to prevent waste, and be able to match the funding they are seeking to secure, either financially or through resource.

Resource Management Minister Dan Rogerson commented: “Preventing waste from being produced in the first place is not only good for the environment but helps to build a stronger economy and supports our businesses too. This is an excellent example of the work we are supporting and I would urge everyone with innovative ideas to get involved.”

And Jude Andrews, WRAP Project Manager, noted: “By working together on a local level people can really make an impact on what’s happening in their own community.  Preventing waste is about finding ways to keep items in use longer and not generating as much waste in the first place.”

The fund will run for two years and grants will be awarded in three phases. Applications for this first phase need to be returned to WRAP by 1 September 2014. More information can be fund under wrap.org.uk.

Source: Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP)