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WRAP commits support for third sector

A capacity building programme to increase the third sectors capacity to work in the waste and recycling sector in England has been revealed by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

The programme will be delivered in partnership with the recently created community interest company REconomy (see mrw story).

WRAP chief executive Liz Goodwin announced the new scheme at the Community Recycling Network and London Community Recycling Network conference this week. Through the programme WRAP will offer tailored support to organisations to help them develop. Goodwin said that the programme had been built into WRAPs 2008-2011 business plan.

To access support, organisations must contact REconomy CIC. But Goodwin was clear that because funds were limited WRAP did not expect to every organisation that needs investment.

However, she added that the programme was an important part of WRAPs business plan which will be launched next week. She said: Weve already seen the recycling and reprocessing sector double since WRAP started and the rate growth is currently twice GDP. We need to see that continue and we need to se that happening really strongly in the third sector.

My experience of the third sector is that it includes many people who have the vibrancy, flexibility and skills for innovations which are so critical to the next stage of our development. Many ideas and principles and concepts which we now take for granted originated in the sector.

These are all attributes that could help alter the boundaries and the way we look at resources efficiency, I hope we do start to see those being boundaries stretched and changed over the coming years through the work of the third sector and others.

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