The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) is officially registered as a charity from today.
The organisation – funded by the Department for Food, Environment & Rural Affairs (Defra) – was set up to help businesses and local authorities manage waste and use resources more efficiently.
WRAP hopes the move will give it access to more sources of funding after its budget has been slashed in recent years – from £38.9 million in 2013/14 to £35 million in 2014/15/
It put forward an application with the Charity Commission earlier this year.
Liz Goodwin, CEO of WRAP said: “While much of WRAP’s work has always been charitable in nature, registering as a charity cements this philosophy by giving us more scope to explore new ways of working and develop new ideas.
“It also opens up opportunities to access new sources of funding through foundations and trusts.”