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WRAP launches online tool to cut SME costs

WRAP has created an online training course to help small businesses save money and reduce waste.

On Course For Zero Waste consists of a series of online lectures on waste management and prevention.

The free course, accredited by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, is designed for English organisations with up to 250 employees.

WRAP said that by improving resource efficiency businesses would be able to save up to £1,000 per employee.

“Our comprehensive range of tools and advice can help companies in England grab a slice of the £23bn of total savings available if UK businesses improve resource efficiency, while also helping to create and protect jobs,” said Carl Nichols, head of business and markets at WRAP.

The course is divided in a foundation and an advance level. The foundation level certificate includes training on understanding how waste is managed within an organisation, how to find data to monitor waste and how to estimate it if data is not available.

It also includes a section on developing an action plan for waste reduction and on gaining support from senior management to implement it.

The advance, “practitioner level”, training includes modules on waste regulations and behaviour change, as well as on extending waste prevention outside the organisation to engage with suppliers and customers.

A similar programme designed for Scottish businesses was launched by Zero Waste Scotland, WRAP’s Scottish arm, in October 2011.

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