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WRAP aims to deliver 4,500 tonnes of extra processing capacity- COMMENT UPDATE

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) aims to deliver an extra 4,500 tonnes of processing capacity for treating source-segregated biodegradable municipal waste.

After launching its new capital support competition, the organisation is hoping to build on its three previous organics capital support programmes in order to increase UK composting capacity by around 23% over 2004/05 levels.

With WRAP defining biodegradable municipal waste as food and garden waste, paper, cardboard and wood, the programme seeks to provide funding for those wanting to develop new or expanded facilities.

WRAP capital grants manager Michelle O’Riley said: “There’s a real need to divert more biodegradable waste from landfill and a good demand for compost, thanks to initiatives like the British Standard PAS 100 that give reassurance of product quality.

“By providing financial assistance towards the cost of plant, equipment and infrastructure through the Capital Support Programme, WRAP aims to deliver an additional 450,000 tonnes of processing capacity across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.”

The maximum support offered will be 30% of the total eligible costs towards land, plant, equipment and infrastructure. Other key criteria will include value for money — the level of waste to be processed against the level of funding requested.

Assessments will be rigorous and applicants must fulfil strict eligibility criteria, demonstrating that their project is a capital investment to create new or expand existing capacity with clearly defined end markets.

While preference will be given to projects with organic waste generated from household or other premises under local authority responsibility, Jack Moody was one company to receive a funding boost from WRAP through a previous capital funding programme.

The organisation, based near Wolverhampton, was able to increase its composting capacity by at least 30,000 tonnes per year and will process an additional 107,500 tonnes of green and kitchen waste over a five year period after WRAP provided over £590,000 towards the £2.57 million project cost.

Details of the current programme are available from capital.support@wrap.org.uk, quoting reference: ORG052.

Comment:

22/06/2006: I think the headline tonnage figure rather undersells the real target of this initiative!

Ian Taylor

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