Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has given the Waste & Resources Action Programme the green light to become a single super delivery body for Government-funded recycling and waste programmes for businesses and householders next April.
Over the next year, WRAP will begin leading programmes currently run by the likes of the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme and Envirowise.
Speaking to MRW WRAP chief executive Liz Goodwin said that Benn has now signed off proposals in order for WRAP to become a new resource efficiency body.
WRAP will implement its structure around four priorities which include:
* Minimising waste and resource use and developing sustainable design;
* Offering practical advice to help businesses become more resource efficient;
* Developing markets for recovered, recycled, remanufactured materials and energy-from-waste; and
* Working with local authorities to reduce waste sent to landfill.
Goodwin said: This is a very exciting time for us and a very good opportunity for us to set up a single resource body. This will offer more efficiency, effectiveness and financial benefits [to businesses and households].
She also said that WRAP will offer tender contracts to organisations that will help WRAP offer expertise in business resource efficiency that were previously under Envirowise and NISP activities.
In March, WRAP announced that the bodies that will come under its leadership were:
* The Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse
* Construction Resources and Waste Platform
* Action Sustainability
* Business Resource Efficiency and Waste centre for local authorities.
She said that the new move to deliver a single super delivery body will involve redundancies.
There will be a relatively small number of posts affected.
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 the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.