Environmental projects will benefit from £1.9 million of Government funding from the treasury’s Invest to Save Budget. The main theme of the six winning projects, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has been energy efficiency.
One of the projects to receive funding was an Environment Agency (EA) project looking into the use of reclaimed waste vegetable oils in a diesel mix for use in cars. The EA hopes to show that using 22.22% waste vegetable oil in diesel mix will deliver a 20% reduction in carbon emissions in three projects in England and Wales.
London’s Community Recycling Network received the biggest slice of funding - £377,780 – to support the Stockwell ‘Local Economic Development through Recycling’ programme. This aims to deliver a cutting-edge waste education programme to Stockwell’s disadvantaged households. It will mainly target hard-to-reach areas such as estates, which traditionally have above average levels of deprivation and unemployment. It aims to create jobs as well as access to services for disadvantaged households.
At the heart of the programme will be the creation of an exemplar door-to-door collection service of kitchen waste and dry recyclables for estates, which currently have no doorstep collections.