£135m of funding has been announced by the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) as part of the Waste Minimisation and Recycling Fund launched in 2001. Local authorities have been invited to bid for a share of the funding, which has been provided for waste minimisation and recycling work to be carried out over the next two years. £20 million has already been secured for London authorities, meaning these authorities will not have to bid in the wider, national fund.
DEFRA has announced an enhanced approach to partnership working, encouraging those authorities that handle large volumes of waste to work with each other and with Government to make best use of funding. It has also been indicated that there will be no specific focus on poor performing local authorities.
All local authorities will have a chance to bid for up to £1.5m each for particular projects. Those dealing with large volumes of waste are being encouraged to apply for funding of up to £5m. Projects will need to match funds with private sources of investment. Projects will also need to meet a series of criteria assessing the impact, effectiveness, value for money and the involvement of their communities and other partners within their project proposals.
For full details of the funding and proposal requirements visit http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste/localauth/wastefund/index.htm