The Business Resource Efficiency and Waste Centre for local authorities has asked councils to apply for funding for projects that will support small to medium-sized businesses tackle climate change and save them money through resource efficiency.
Organisations can apply for up to £30,000 for funding and it must be used by the local authority to assist their business community to reduce waste to landfill and improve their resource efficiency.
Last week, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced in its commercial and industrial waste statement that it would give the BREW Centre for local authorities £100,000 of further funding. Its total budget is £1m for the whole year (see MRW story).
BREW Centre national coordinator Helen Bird said: The economic downturn has hit SMEs the hardest and resource saving practices is a way that they can protect their bottom line. Local authorities are in a prime position to initiate this and will also reap benefits from doing so. As well as supporting the local economy, the business resource efficiency projects that the BREW Centre supported between 2006 and 2009 will save the local authorities involved more than £3.5 million over the next five years.
C&I waste makes up 24 per cent of the total waste arisings in England with only 9 per cent of all waste coming from households.
Applications need to be submitted to the BREW Centre as soon as possible as they will be assessed upon submission.