Fund for innovative ways of reducing waste launch

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Posted on: 27 November 2015

Creative ways of cutting household waste and increasing recycling could benefit from a share of a £3,000 fund being launched on the 1st December.

The fund, now in its third year, has been provided by The Devon Authorities Waste Reduction and Recycling Committee (DAWRRC) which is a partnership between Devon’s seven district councils, Exeter City Council, Torbay Council and Devon County Council.

The Innovation Fund has given a helping hand to schemes right across Devon and now residents, businesses and organisations are being invited to bid for a share.

Previously, successful schemes included a school uniform recycling project in Torbay, a plastic recycling project in North Devon and furniture and electrical repair projects in South Hams and West Devon.

The  fund offers a fantastic opportunity for individuals and communities to kick start their own project, and in doing so, support this partnership approach to reducing, reusing and recycling Devon’s waste.

Councillor Rodney Cann, Chairman of the Devon Authorities Waste Reduction and Recycling Committee, said: “People across Devon must be thanked for their efforts in making Devon one of the best performing counties in the country for our recycling rates.

“However, there is still a lot of work to be done to reach our recycling target of 65% by 2025. The challenges of improving on Devon’s recycling success become even greater, particularly with the increasing amount of waste being produced and all partnership authorities facing financial pressures. The Innovation Fund aims to support new schemes which may contribute to addressing these challenges of reducing household waste, or reusing and recycling more.”

The closing date for applications is Friday 26th February 2016.

Go to the website for further information.

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