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Fund to support waste prevention

The Government will create a fund to support businesses undertaking waste prevention activities, alongside its Waste Prevention Programme.

Defra found preventing waste from arising “had to be the overriding priority” to the Review after consultation with industry.

Announced in the Waste Review, which was published today (14 June), the Waste Prevention Fund will be a “small” rotating fund to support organisations helping to prevent waste. The fund, to be managed by WRAP, will be targeted at businesses, social enterprises and local authorities.

Other actions it aims to deliver are:

·         Encourage and facilitate the expansion of SME waste minimisation networks

·         Work with business organisations to develop case studies and pilot schemes to trial and demonstrate benefits of service based business models

·         Drive waste prevention through product design and standards

·         Identify barriers to reuse

·         Explore how to improve consumer confidence in product durability and reliability of re-used products

·         Seek to establish reuse collection facilities at civic amenity sites

A Waste Prevention Programme will be developed and implemented by the Government by the end of 2013 in addition to the aims above. It expects to enable better resource efficiency and waste prevention and meeting relevant obligations under the revised Waste Framework Directive. This will look at creating responsibility deals, exploring how householders can be rewarded for preventing or reusing waste and working with businesses on the design of products which enable easier recycling and reuse at its end-of-life.

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