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£50,000 competition to cut waste announced

A prize for new ideas to encourage waste reduction, reuse and recycling has been launched.

The Waste Reduction challenge, launched by grant-giving charity Nesta and funded by the Cabinet Office, will reward schemes that help communities give their time, skills and resources to reduce waste.

The competition is open to non-profit, private organisations and community groups.

The proposed schemes could include ways of reducing domestic waste, developing community skills to repurpose waste materials, reducing the use of landfill and cutting waste through collaborative consumption.

Minister for civil society Nick Hurd, said: “We want to make it easier and more compelling for people to get involved in their communities. That is why we set up the Challenge Prizes to mobilise people to come up with creative solutions to social problems such as reducing waste.”

Vicki Purewal, head of Centre for Challenge Prizes at Nesta, said: “When it comes to great ideas, the UK is world-leading and hard working. But when it comes to rubbish, we are still a nation of wasters. This challenge taps into the ingenuity of people to bring their time, skills and resources together in new ways to reduce waste.”

The deadline for entries is 14 September. A shortlist of 25 schemes which will be supported to develop a detailed plan will be made by 8 October.

Five finalists will be chosen in November 2012 and will get up to £10,000 to carry out six-month tests of their projects between February and August 2013. The winner of the £50,000 prize will be selected in September next year. Entrants can apply at



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