The waste management industry needs to make better use of partnership working in order to try and save money and deliver best practice, according to the Chairman of the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).
In his first official speech as Chair of WRAP at the Futuresource conference, Peter Stone outlined the latest challenges to the waste management sector which everyone involved in the sector, including WRAP and Local Authorities, will need to respond to.
The best way to overcome these challenges, according to Stone, is through better partnership working, allowing authorities and organisations to deliver best value at this time of financial uncertainty.
He said: “I believe that the common thread is the role that effective partnership working can play in delivering financial and environmental benefits.”
The role played by WRAP in partnership working, was also a key message delivered in Stone’s speech. He said: “We at WRAP should only play in places where we are sure there aren’t other players who can do it better or cheaper than us.”
Stone outlined the success enjoyed by some existing Local Authority partnerships and enforced the message that the benefits of partnerships could extend beyond just the financial.
He said: “When waste is unavoidable, we want to see it being used or re-used – not end up in a hole in the ground.
“The point is that this is a vision shared – whether your driver is economic or environmental or both – by Government, business, local authorities and the public.
“Currently WRAP works with 17 local authority partnerships which helps them run effective local campaigns with support from us and also from retailers, through a spectrum of measures to help us all reduce food waste.”
Additionally Stone mentioned the two priority areas for the forthcoming WRAP business plan.
He said: “Our business plan is still a work in progress but I can tell you that the two priority areas we have in mind are a clear focus on waste education, through promoting leaner products and services and continued diversion of biodegradable waste from landfill.”