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WRAP urges co-operation to boost reuse

WRAP has published a series of ‘how to’ guides and examples of how councils, waste management businesses and third sector organisations can set up successful reuse initiatives.

The charity said partnerships were ‘essential’ in developing reuse locally, and highlighted a number of examples around the country that it said could benefit schemes.

One study highlighted a scheme between Shropshire Council, charities and Veolia to set up a bulky waste collection service as part of a 27-year private finance initiative.

WRAP said it had “produced impressive results”. In 2010-11, more than 6,700 items were collected through the service, diverting 500 tonnes from landfill with the council paying £20,000 in reuse credits to a furniture reuse scheme.

Two WRAP reuse workshops will be held in the Midlands and London to spread the message.  

Linda Crichton Wrap

Linda Crichton, left, WRAP head of resource management, said: “Keeping goods in use for longer is a critical part of delivering a circular economy. Not only does it reduce pressures on raw materials but has the potential to create jobs and training opportunities.

“Successful partnerships are key to driving the reuse sector, but it does need a concerted effort by all involved. Done well and it will bring big benefits locally to councils, organisations, individuals and the economy.”

London Reuse Network development manager Richard Featherstone said: “Establishing successful partnerships has its challenges but it is crucial to realising the benefits that can come from reuse.

“The WRAP guides and case studies give direction and power-steering to the partnership process, and gives inspiration from many different parts of the country where reuse is working today.”

WRAP estimates that in 2012 the third sector raised around £430m through reuse schemes. Reuse organisations are also estimated to have created 11,000 full-time equivalent jobs.

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