The Waste & Resources Action Programme is to become a single super delivery body for Government-funded recycling and waste programmes for businesses and householders.
Over the next year, WRAP will begin leading programmes currently run by the likes of the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme and Envirowise.
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Hilary Benn said: All these organisations have done a great job in helping businesses and households to use resources more efficiently. But we know that some customers were confused by the myriad of services and bodies, so that is why we are making these changes.
Now under WRAPs leadership, we will provide a one-stop-shop for resource efficiency advice, and this should make it quicker and easier for people to get what they need.
The bodies that will come under WRAPs leadership are:
* The Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse
* Construction Resources and Waste Platform
* Action Sustainability
* Business Resource Efficiency and Waste (BREW) centre for local authorities.
WRAP chief executive Liz Goodwin told MRW that the next year will see a transitional period in which programmes will run as planned by the existing delivery bodies. She added: The money for the programmes will run through WRAP. However, we will be talking to Defra and the organisations to see how we can make efficiencies from 2010/11.
She explained that there are unlikely to be any redundancies in the short-term, although inevitably there would have to be an assessment of staffing levels required once efficiencies across the bodies had been identified for the financial year 2010/11.
In addition, it isnt clear as yet whether WRAP will be given the total budget of these delivery bodies from 2010 or whether WRAP will need to run these programmes with less cash.
Ms Goodwin added: The budgets for the coming year are still under discussion and we expect them to be roughly similar, although there may be some possible cost savings. We expect the current economic conditions will mean tighter budgets, and although we are in discussion with Defra beyond 2010, we havent yet started talking numbers.
The decision to unify these organisations came as a result of the Delivery Landscape Review set up in February 2008 to examine the work of the seven resource efficiency bodies financed by Defra. This was in turn a result of the Business Support Simplification Programme that was announced in the 2006 Budget to reduce the number of publicly funded business support schemes from Government from over 3,000 to less than 100 by 2010.