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WRAP food project secures EU funding

WRAP has secured funding for its recently launched project to target food waste prevention and recycling in London.

On 3 November in Brussels, the European Commission approved a €222.7m (£198.5m) investment package from the EU LIFE budget to fund 144 projects across the continent.

Of these, €43m will be given to 21 resource efficiency projects, which the Commission says will facilitate Europe’s transition to a more circular economy.

Environment commissioner Karmenu Vella (pictured) said: “I am delighted to see that this year our LIFE programme will again support many innovative projects to address our common environmental challenges.

“LIFE-funded projects use relatively little funding and, with simple ideas, create profitable green businesses that deliver on the transition to a low-carbon and circular economy.”

Transforming City Food Habits for Life (TRIFOCAL) London – an initiative led by Resource London, a partnership between WRAP, the London Waste and Recycling Board, together and Groundwork London – will receive €3.2m.

Running for three years, the project will engage with 33 London boroughs, householders, hospitality and food service businesses, local communities and schools.

It aims to reduce avoidable food waste in the capital and increase awareness of more healthy and sustainable eating, and will use a range of communications techniques including events, advertising and direct engagement with residents.

At its launch in September, Resource London head of programme Antony Buchan said: “We want to help Londoners consume food more sustainably, save money and get a bit healthier by doing it, and then use their food recycling services more effectively.

“TRIFOCAL will build on the work we’ve done with Recycle for London and the Little Wins Love Food Hate Waste campaign. It delivers an exciting new chapter in making the capital greener.”

Four other projects from the UK will receive LIFE funding this year including initiatives run by Liverpool John Moores University, the RSPB, Severn Rivers Trust and Natural England.

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