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WRAP to develop new waste prevention measures

New tools for householders and local authorities and metrics to measure waste prevention activities will be launched next year, Defra has announced.

WRAP is developing a web-based postcode locator to enable residents to find local reuse and repair services. It is expected to go live by April 2015.

The organisation is also preparing a Waste Prevention Hub for councils that will help them calculate and monitor the benefits of waste prevention activities.

Defra also said it is investing £1.2m over the period 2013-15 in collaborative research with business.

It has identified a “suite of metrics” that will help measure how waste arising have changed over time and what impact waste preventions activities can have.

“We will continue to work with stakeholders on further development of metrics, including measurement of social impacts,” it said.

The announcements were included in a review of the first year since the launch of the Waste Prevention Programme for England.

Defra also highlighted some of the initiatives it has carried out since December 2013, including:

  • £800,000 fund to support innovation in waste prevention activities
  • five pence levy on plastic bags usage
  • discussion paper on removing the barriers to reuse
  • WRAP voluntary agreements in the food, construction and electronics sectors

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