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Re-use News

Welcome to the June edition.  This issue is all about the value of partnerships.

“We have just launched an exciting grant fund that supports innovative waste prevention projects.  If you’re already working in partnership with another organisation in your local area, or you have an innovative waste prevention idea and can partner up, then this fund might be able to help get your idea off the ground.  

"And we have trials that show how partnerships can help unlock the true value of re-use. 

"To help us promote re-use to consumers we are looking at developing a suite of free communication resources and would really value your feedback through a survey."

Kind regards

Linda Crichton
Head of Programme, Resource Management, WRAP

Innovation in Waste Prevention Fund (IWP)

This Fund is an £800,000 scheme that will run for two years with grants being awarded in three phrases.  It aims to generate more action to prevent waste at a local level in England and is funded by Defra. 

Grants of £5,000 to £50,000 can be applied for - Round 1 was launched in May and closes 01 September 2014.

IWP is open to local organisations working together, with innovative waste prevention ideas that target materials such as furniture, textiles, electricals and food.
Partnerships can be between two or more parties from local businesses, councils, charities, educational establishments and voluntary groups.

Strong partnerships are key to re-use

Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) are one of the main places for collection of waste electronics.  Research shows that 23% of the WEEE separately collected at HWRCs could be re-used with a small amount of repair.  This volume of product represents a large re-sale value for the re-use sector and highlights the benefits of increased segregation or capture of electrical products for re-use.

Building on this research, WRAP and Zero Waste Scotland conducted a series of HWRC trials to demonstrate the findings.  They clearly show that strong partnerships help unlock the true value of re-use.

Straw poll survey results

Thank you to the 53 readers who responded to April’s survey. This was about barriers to procurers purchasing second hand and what you consider to be the greatest challenge for the re-use sector to overcome. The responses are in order of preference:

  1. 49% - the risk associated with safety, quality and product history.
  2. 20% - all are equally challenging.
  3. 17% - the stigma associated with second hand.
  4. 11% - the ability to provide consistent supply of products.

Some of your comments included: ‘it is the after care and service that I worry about’, ‘the lack of guarantees and return policies’, and ‘few outlets are set up with the interests of the customer in mind, e.g. clear labelling and displays’.

For information about our work on Re-use and how it can benefit you, please visit our website.

Feedback wanted on Recycle Now resources

Our next survey is all about free communication resources that we can offer our Recycle Now partners to help promote re-use to consumers.  There are six questions that we’d like your feedback on around guidance, templates, videos and workshops that we can look at developing.

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