The corks were popped and the champagne glasses were clinked when WREN, the environmental body founded by the Waste Recycling Group (WRG), celebrated its 10th anniversary. Politicians, business leaders, local authorities and charities all attended the event held at the Royal Society of the Arts in London. It celebrated WRENs achievements throughout the decade that has seen £100 million awarded to 4,000 projects across the UK. The money WREN distributes is donated from part of the landfill tax of WRG, who elect to participate in what is a voluntary scheme for landfill operators, and is allocated to projects that enhance communities and the environment within 10 miles of a landfill site. Recipients of awards vary widely from small community groups looking for help with village halls or playgrounds such as the Wooland Trust and the RSPB. Since 2005 WREN projects have helped 128 conservation and environment projects with funding of over £2 million. WRG manager for external affairs Mike Snell said: The success of WREN over the past 10 years has been a source of great pride to use in WRG. Cash generated by landfill operators through the Landfill Communities Fund has transformed the lives of many people, whose communities have benefited from new and refurbished communal facilities of improved local environments. We urge the Government to encourage and grow this excellent scheme. Image: Representatives of six WREN project. Third from left, Jim Meredith, Chief Executive of WRG.