Nesta has named six finalists for its Waste Reduction Challenge Prize.
The prize is for projects that encourage communities to tackle waste reduction through giving time, skills and resources.
Each finalist will receive up to £10,000, and help to set up and test their innovations over the next six months.
The winner will be selected in November and will receive a £50,000 prize.
The six projects are:
- Brixton People’s Kitchen, which usesfood surplus from local businesses to provide free meals for local people and is inviting users to design and build a mobile kitchen.
- Zero Waste Alliance UK, The Rubbish Diet, where dieters weigh their fortnightly waste collection and aim to lose weight by reducing the amount they throw away by recycling, composting & finding others uses.
- Fareshare and Foodcycle, Just-in Time Food Network, which work with big suppliers and supermarkets to redirect leftover stock to more than 700 charities.
- The Museum of Bad Design, which will gather a collaborative design team to tackle bad design that generates waste.
- Feeding the 5000, Gleaning Network, which diverts 36,000kg of wasted fruit and vegetables from farms to charities providing food to vulnerable people.
- Proper Oils, a body that provides storage vessels to make it easier for households to recycle cooking oils.
The Challenge Prize is funded by the Cabinet Office and run by Nesta, an innovation charity. The civil society minister Nick Hurd said, “These projects are great examples of what can be achieved when communities come together and find imaginative solutions to tackling issues like this head on.”
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