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£160,000 TO BOOST LOCAL AUTHORITY RECYCLING RATES

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European Metal Recycling has launched a£160,000 fund to help local authorities in England and Wales meet their rec...
European Metal Recycling has launched a £160,000 fund to help local authorities in England and Wales meet their recycling targets.

The EMR Reload Fund, believed to be the largest cash incentive from the private sector, encourages local authorities to carry out a range of projects, including kerbside collection programmes, recycling banks, material recycling facilities and household recycling centres. Both new and existing schemes will be considered, with up to £140,000 of funding made available over a three-year period for larger projects and £20,000 for smaller projects.

'The fund will provide the resources required to pull more used packaging out of the waste stream, raise overall recycling rates and meet packaging waste recovery targets,' says EMR managing director Colin Iles.

Local authorities are invited to submit robust business plans for up to three years. For larger schemes, which must be partially or wholly devoted to metal packaging, the Reload Fund will award up to £80,000 of funding in the first year, with an additional 50 percent of revenue support in year two and a further 25 percent in the third year. Up to £20,000 is available in the smaller project category.

Preference will be given to those schemes that incorporate no funding from other private sector sources, demonstrate partnership working with other local authorities and achieve a broad reach of public engagement through sound marketing and communications.

'EMR invests the revenue generated through the issue of Packaging Export Recovery Notes (PERNs) into a wide variety of projects that support the collection and recycling infrastructure and increase its capacity,' Iles comments. 'We're absolutely committed to extracting more metal packaging from the household waste stream because this helps us meet the packaging waste directive targets, which requires an additional 70,000 tonnes of metal packaging to be recycled by 2008.

'We see the Reload Fund initiative as a ma jor plank in this strategy and encourage all eligible local authorities to enter.'

Unveiled at this year's LARAC conference in Telford, applications for funding will be judged by a panel that includes Jane Rayner, editor of Materials Recycling Week, Kay Twitchen, member of the Environment Agency board and former head of the Local Government Association's waste management committee and John Enright, head of the local authority support unit recently established by the government's waste implementation programme.

Additional information on the fund may be found at: www.emrltd.com/reload

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