After working in NI for more than 11 years, WRAP is seen as one of the key players in the industry, according to Ian Garner, NI programme manager at WRAP.
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“If we suddenly disappeared from NI, there would be a bit of tentative breath,” he says. “It is good that we are well embedded.”
One the most significant achievements for the organisation has been managing the ‘Rethink Waste’ programme which, since 2010, has provided more than £12m in capital funding to councils. “We didn’t just allocate the money – we helped the councils to use it effectively,” says Garner.
For example, WRAP supported the development of a business case for separate food waste collections for 17,000 households in Coleraine, for which the council was awarded £363,000 from the fund. WRAP provided advice on the content and design of communication materials to ensure that clear and consistent messages supported the implementation of the project.
Coleraine Borough Council became the first in NI to provide a weekly food waste collection service.
Garner says the relatively small nature of NI offers the opportunity to try innovative projects: “Our size [makes us] a good test bed. You can try things out. We can demonstrate proof of concept, which could then be transferred.”