WRAP has reported “good progress” in its key priority areas, according to its annual report.
The figures for the year ending 31 March 2011 reveal that WRAP’s total income for 2010/11 stood at £79.9m, while £77.2m was spent on programmes, including £3.5m of funding to support the development and expansion of food waste collection services in England.
However, income reduced between 2010 and 2011 as a result of the cessation in sales of home composting bins and additional organics field trial experiments. This caused project income to fall from £2.2m in 2010 to £520,000 in 2011, reducing total income from £81m.
Despite this, WRAP achieved a number of significant milestones in the final year of its 2008-11 business plan, including:
- £1.1m capital support for the UK’s first mixed plastics recycling facility in Redcar
- Increasing organics recycling capacity by 160,000 tonnes in Scotland, and investing in Scotland’s largest anaerobic digestion facility
- 1.2 million tonnes of food and packaging waste diverted from the household waste stream, according to the results of the Courtauld Commitment
- The construction of Wales’ first commercial-scale anaerobic digestion plant, using WRAP funding.
WRAP chairman Peter Stone said: “This past year has been a challenging one with a new government, the waste review and, of course, economic stringency. Throughout, WRAP has maintained its single-minded focus on doing what we do best, at best value.
“I am pleased to report that all the governments across the UK continue to value WRAP’s work, viewing us as a critical delivery partner in achieving their resource efficiency objectives.”
According to WRAP, budget figures for the 2011/12 financial year stand at £69m, a reduction of £10m on the 2010/11 figure. £34.7m of this funding has been provided by Defra, £25m by the Scottish Government, £3m by the Welsh Assembly Government, £3m from the Northern Ireland Department of Environment, £2m from EU funding and another £1m from the London Waste and Recycling Board.
Despite a 28% reduction in Defra funding, this has been offset by an increase in Scottish Government investment in WRAP, which rose from £17m in 2010/11.