Waste Prevention Hub Announced At CIWM Reuse Conference

Resource Minister, Dan Rogerson, announced at CIWM’s Rethinking Reuse Conference in London yesterday (10 December), that WRAP will launch a Waste Prevention Hub along with a suite of reuse guidance.

The Waste Prevention Hub will aim to be a “one-stop-shop” for those looking to write their own waste prevention plans and for those looking for specific information regarding waste initiatives.

Aimed at businesses and local authorities, the hub will include tools to help calculate and monitor the benefits of waste prevention activity.

Rogerson made the announcement at CIWM’s Rethinking Reuse Conference, which focused on removing barriers to reuse, and touched upon subjects such as the disconnect between the EU Waste Framework Directive and UK regulations, defining waste to enable more re-use and the future for permitting in the circular economy.

Rogerson, who provided the keynote address, was joined by speakers including Simon Reid from WRAP and Lewis Baker, head of waste prevention and reuse for Defra. Nigel Mattravers, chair of ICE resource panel, chaired the conference.

WRAP’s Simon Reid – “The suite will showcase lots of different examples of reuse in action, as well as practical steps on how to go about implementing a reuse service”

In early 2015, WRAP will also launch a collection of resources and support for businesses and local authorities in addressing waste prevention and re-use.

WRAP’s Simon Reid said at the conference: “The suite will showcase lots of different examples of reuse in action, as well as practical steps on how to go about implementing a reuse service.”

It will include videos that will look at different areas of the country where a reuse facility has been established. This will be accompanied by case studies that will outline the different approaches taken.

It will also look at some of the key challenges that were faced, as well as identifying some of the key learning points from their experiences of setting up a reuse service, as well as the benefits.

Eight “how to” guides will also be included in the suite, which aim to provide a practice step-by-step guide to the different aspects of setting up a reuse operation.

These will include “how to”:

  • set up a reuse forum
  • make reuse a strategic priority
  • establish a reuse baseline for your area
  • write a reuse action plan
  • write a communications plan to boost reuse
  • provide for reuse of HWRCs
  • provide a reuse bulky waste collection
  • to engage with housing associations when it comes to reuse.

“We will also supplement the release of this guidance with workshops,” Reid said. “We’ll look to really bring the guidance to life and try to draw out more personal experiences.”

Waste Prevention Programme One Year On

With the announcement, Defra has also released a summary of progress over the past year on some of the main actions highlighted for government in the Waste Prevention Programme for England.

The summary looks at initiatives such as:

  • Innovation in Waste Prevention Fund
  • 5p charge will be introduced on single-use plastic bags in England
  • Electronic Duty of Care (EDoC)
  • discussion paper seeking information on where the definition of waste
  • Courtauld Commitment
  • agreement with the Hospitality and Food Service Sector
  • Built Environment Commitment
  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment Sustainability Action Plan (esap)
  • Action Based Research Programme
  • Government Buying Standard
Left to right: Nigel Mattravers; Lewis Baker; Doug North; Sam Reeve; Simon Reid
CIWM’s Rethink Reuse Conference. Left to right: Nigel Mattravers; Lewis Baker; Doug North; Sam Reeve; Simon Reid

Defra also announced yesterday (10 December) funding for ten innovative waste prevention projects that will help move communities away from a throw away culture.

Managed by WRAP, the Innovation in Waste Prevention (IWP) Fund will help a range of new projects get off the ground and become reality.

Successful schemes range from the Restart Project in London to develop a “fixometer” app measuring the success of electrical repair workshops, to a “scrapstore” in Devon and pop up shops in Surrey that offer repair skills for household objects and electrical products.

Forming part of the Waste Prevention Programme, the IWP Fund was set up to help local communities adopt innovative waste prevention, re-use and repair activities.

The successful projects will form the first of three phases of the IWP Fund, providing £800,000 over two years.

Rogerson commented on the funding: “We had an incredible response to the first round of the IWP Fund and the successful projects will take a range of exciting repair and renew projects to communities in England. I am incredibly excited to see what comes out of phase two of this project, as we call for even more innovative ideas.”

Marcus Gover, director at WRAP, said: “A year on from launching WPP, we are continuing to promote sustainable waste prevention including important initiatives across the electrical, clothing and food sectors.”


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