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Innovation in Waste Prevention Fund - special update


June 2015

"Today at Resourcing the Future, Resource Management Minister, Rory Stewart, welcomed the announcement by WRAP of the six winners in Round 2 of Defra's Innovation in Waste Prevention Fund for England.

“We were delighted to receive 66 applications for this Round and are very appreciative of the hard work and time taken to apply. Selecting the winning projects has been particularly tough as we were looking for high levels of innovation and new approaches.

"The successful applicants, many of whom offer fairly traditional re-use activities as their core service, have all come up with exciting project ideas that look at increasing re-use from a new angle. For example, Bicester Green is an established furniture re-use organisation but is looking specifically at increasing the amount diverted to re-use from people moving house in one of the fastest growing towns in Oxfordshire. 

“I hope you enjoy reading about the Fund below and we will report on the progress of all sixteen projects awarded funding in the first two rounds of the scheme over the coming year. We hope also to announce details for Round 3 in the summer".

Kind regards

Linda Crichton
Head of Programme, Resource Management, WRAP

Round 2 winners

Today (24 June) Resource Management Minister Rory Stewart gave the opening keynote address at the Resourcing the Future 2015 conference. In his speech, he expressed his delight at WRAP’s announcement of the Innovation in Waste Prevention Fund Round 2 winners: "Ranging from an initiative to help primary schools set up pupil-run clothing exchange shops to a project aiming to redistribute food from events in the South West, including Glastonbury, describing these as truly innovative ideas that can help local communities to prevent waste".

Congratulations go to all six winners, who are:

•    Bicester Green
•    Create UK Ltd
•    Fareshare South West
•    Garage Sale Trail Foundation 
•    Keep Britain Tidy
•    Re-considered Ltd

Round 1 progress

Ten organisations received grants in December 2014. Work is underway on all of these with three now fully up and running.

The Vine Project’s pop-up bus is rolling and providing re-use and repair services to the local community in Mitchum, Community Action Dacorum’s repair shed is open for business and Tandridge Council is now operating a new district wide kerbside collection to increase the re-use of textiles and small electrical items. 

We will keep you posted on their progress.



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