Views that are different to those of the Waste & Resources Action Programme could be silenced, now a new super-WRAP has been created. This warning came from an insider at a waste management organisation on hearing news that six Government waste bodies will be consolidated under WRAP.
While some industry representatives welcomed the creation of a consolidated super WRAP, others warned that the new body could push out alternative views and even put the future of businesses at risk.
The inside source warned: The industry is much larger than WRAP, which is essentially a funding delivery body using a mix of internal and external resources to deliver projects and programmes under the waste and resource banner.
Alternative views under-represented
Unfortunately this [new] approach does not account for the fact that there are a broad range of consultants, stakeholders and industry experts who do not necessarily agree or support WRAPs work in some areas.
Advertising a 'one stop shop' also suggests that WRAP is the only point of call, effectively redirecting work to WRAP (who benefit from about £70m from Defra) from other organisations who have a livelihood founded through working with businesses direct. In a difficult economic time this move may well contribute to more business casualties within the environmental sector.
Pressure on Defra
He also said there would be more pressure on Defra to maintain direct relationships with a range of relevant industry stakeholders to ensure a balanced approach is adopted.
The growing emphasis on WRAP as a brand does not override the need for continued development of UK waste and resource efficiency programmes led by a diversity of thinking, unlikely to be realised by this increasingly single organisation approach, he added.
He did welcome the streamlined approach, which is intended to reduce duplication between Defra-controlled organisations and said the restructure will make it less confusing for business trying to access information.
The source said he believed his views are reflected across other companies, organisations and trade associations that he has contact with.
The reorganised WRAP will encompass NISP, Envirowise, the Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse, Construction Resources and Waste Platform, Action Sustainability and Business Resource Efficiency and Waste (BREW) centre for local authorities.