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Europe extends support for Waste and Resources Action Programme

Approval to extend the work of the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) until 2010 has been given by the European Commission (EC).

The extension covers research and development (R&D) and the latest materials that WRAP has added to its programme – tyres, plasterboard and batteries.

The announcement of approval under EU State Aid rules shows the EC’s support for the work by WRAP and that WRAP’s programme is in line with the EC’s environmental objectives and does not cause any undue distortion of competition.

WRAP chief executive Jennie Price said: “I am delighted that the Commission has approved this extension to WRAP’s State Aid clearance. The UK is rising to the challenge of landfilling less and recycling more and this gives WRAP the green light to continue its efforts to boost our growing recycling industry.”

Initiatives to give capital grants to stimulate recycling infrastructure in the UK can therefore proceed as well as R&D projects into new technologies and markets.

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