Boost for business and environment

A £284 million initiative to help business reduce waste and cut costs has been officially launched by Environment Minister Elliot Morley.

BREW, the Business Resource Efficiency and Waste programme, uses revenues from increased Landfill Tax to fund free services and support for business through a variety of organisations. It has been estimated that around 5% of turnover can be saved through resource efficiencies requiring little or no investment.

Over the next three years the £284 million will be invested in groups such as the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), Government-backed Envirowise and the Carbon Trust.

“A wide range of industries, from manufacturers to retailers, can save literally billions of pounds a year by cutting waste and improving resource efficiency often with little or no investment,” enthused Morley. “By getting involved, businesses of all sizes are set to boost profits while reducing environmental impacts.”

The schemes receiving funding are below:

For advice on reducing waste and environmental legislation as well as to arrange a free confidential site visit from Envirowise, contact the Environment and Energy Helpline on 0800-585 794 or visit www.envirowise.gov.uk.

To apply for a Carbon Trust Loan or to find out how the Carbon Trust can help your business become more energy efficient call the helpline on 0800-585794 or visit the Carbon Trust website www.thecarbontrust.co.uk.

The National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) finds potential market solutions to waste in all industries. See details of the NISP programme here.

The Market Transformation Programme enables your business to keep up to date with product policy developments, and to influence policy thinking. For more information see www.mtprog.com.

For more on recycling for businesses go to wrap.org.uk.

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