Businesses are being urged to take part in an £800,000 scheme that will run for two years — the Innovation in Waste Prevention Fund.
Funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) as part of its Waste Prevention Programme for England, the scheme aims to generate more action to prevent waste.
It specifically supports communities to take forward innovative waste prevention, re-use and repair activities in their local areas, working in partnership with local businesses and councils.
"The scheme can be used to help introduce a new business idea or to increase local re-use rates, resulting in potential new jobs and a boost to voluntary opportunities," not-for-profit company WRAP said.
Projects that could be funded include (but are not limited to):
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.
Grants of up to £50,000 are now available to partnerships with the most innovative ideas. Applications for this first phase need to be returned to WRAP by 1 September 2014.
More information, including access to an application pack, can be found at http://www.wrap.org.uk/iwp.
From Paul Clarke, business writer for Croner