Bids invited for £135m waste management grant

Local authorities are set to gain a further £135 million from government to pursue sustainable waste management initiatives across England.

The new Waste Performance Reward Grant will be introduced in 2005/06 and will build on the Waste Minimisation and Recycling Fund. It is hoped that the grant will give authorities more flexibility on how to achieve the good practice currently emerging from local waste minimisation, recycling and composting projects.

The Waste Minimisation and Recycling Fund was first launched in 2001, and has since distributed £140 million to local authorities to help them to improve waste management and increase recycling.

Over two rounds of bidding, 254 projects have been successful – and will serve an additional 900,000 households, producing an extra three quarters of a million tonnes of recyclable materials and increase overall recycling rates by approximately 3% in 2003/04, according to local authority projections.

Bidding details will be provided to local authorities by Defra in September, when funds of £90 million will be made available in 2004/05 and £45 million in 2005/06. The new bidding round will be funded from the Waste Minimisation and Recycling Fund.

Environment Minister, Elliot Morley said: "How the country deals with its waste is becoming one of the most significant social, economic and environmental issues facing society today. I am very pleased therefore to tell local authorities that we are inviting bids, in September of this year, for a further £135 million for local waste minimisation, recycling and composting initiatives via Defra's Waste Minimisation and Recycling Fund."


Related UK National News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

14 February 2006
Government consults on waste proposals
Among the Government's proposals put forward in a major consultation on the waste problem in England is giving a greater strategic role to local authorities.
20 August 2015
Fire At School As Students Gather To Collect GCSE Results
More than 50 firefighters are tackling a blaze at a school in Normanton, near Wakefield. It is understood that a number of teenagers were gathering at the school to collect their GCSE results when the fire was reported. West Yorkshire Fire Service have advised local residents to keep doors and windows closed and to stay indoors.
14 September 2005
Household waste recycling doubles
The amount of household waste being recycled has doubled in the last four years, the latest figures from Defra have found. More than a fifth (23%) of household waste produced by homes in England was recycled in 2004/05, according to the latest figures. However, there were variations in different regions around the country.
12 September 2005
Figures show surge in recycling
Recycling of household waste has doubled in the last four years, according to provisional figures published today by Defra. The figures show that English households recycled more than a fifth of their waste in 2004/05, though unaudited, the figures provide a good indication of the level of recycling achieved.
18 January 2005
England on course to meet recycling target
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Margaret Beckett, has said that England is recycling more household waste than ever. Speaking at a meeting of the Associated Parliamentary Waste Group, Mrs Beckett said that England was on course to meet its national and composting target of 17% in 2003/04.