£330K to prevent waste in communities

Projects that aim to move communities away from a “throwaway culture” have received support from the Government. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has picked 10 innovative […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Projects that aim to move communities away from a “throwaway culture” have received support from the Government.

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has picked 10 innovative waste prevention projects that will share funding totalling £330,000.

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

Waste Minister Dan Rogerson said: “Preventing waste before it is even created not only protects the environment but also makes good business sense.

“That is why we are committed to helping people make the most of the materials that are available to them, creating a stronger economy and more sustainable society.”

The Innovation in Waste Prevention (IWP) initiative, which helps new projects get off the ground, is managed by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).