Local authorities devising projects to incentivise businesses to reduce and recycle waste can apply for £30,000 funding from the BREW Centre for Local Authorities.
Previous BREW grants focussed on tackling business waste but this new round of funding will tackle the environmental impact of public organisations for the first time.
This emphasis on the public sector is expected to have a big impact because the sector employs about 20% of the UKs population, which until recently had not been specifically targeted by carbon reduction initiatives. BREWs aim is to support a handful of projects with services such as the Police, Fire & Rescue and NHS using them as demonstrators for a national roll out.
BREW centre manager Susan Kent said: We are very much looking forward to working with local authorities and public sector organisations to reduce the environmental impact of both private and public organisations. These projects will have long-term knock-on benefits to the efficiency of organisations, big and small, and will hopefully lead to better services that tackle climate change.
Local authorities can apply for up to £30,000 per organisation but partnerships will be able to apply for multiples of this amount. For example, two organisations working together could get £60,000. BREW encourages partnership working because it offers efficiencies, synergies and economies of scale.
The total funding pot is still being negotiated with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. But a BREW spokeswoman said they hope the funding will be similar to this years, which was about £800,000.