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RECYCLING PROJECTS TO BE FOCUS OF FUNDING PROGRAMME

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A programme bringing£35.2m of National Lottery money to projects in...
A programme bringing£35.2m of National Lottery money to projects in

England promoting recycling, re-use, or composting will be run by the Royal

Society for Nature Conservation (RSNC) in partnership with the New

Opportunities Fund.

The fund today welcomed the appointment of its partner, the Royal Society

for Nature Conservation, as a step towards the launch of the programme early

in 2003.

Improving quality of life is a key aim of the New Opportunities Fund, the

largest National Lottery distributor of good cause money. The fund targets

disadvantaged communities through awards to health, education, and

environment projects.

Individual local projects on transforming waste that apply for funding under

this open grant scheme must set out to expand community sector waste re-use,

recycling or composting. They will need to show that they will promote the

key aims and objectives of local waste strategies and help local authorities

meet their recycling targets.

The programme, Transforming Waste, is part of a larger initiative,

Transforming Communities, that is bringing£149m of National Lottery

money to environment projects throughout the UK. Transforming Your Space

and Renewable Energy programmes are the other parts of Transforming

Communities. RSNC has good experience of working cooperatively with the

New Opportunities Fund as the Society is already an 'award partner' for the

Fund in the Green Spaces and Sustainable Communities programme.

Chief executive of the New Opportunities Fund, Stephen Dunmore, welcomed the

news of the Royal Society for Nature Conservation appointment as award

partner saying: 'RSNC is experienced in working with local groups and

managing projects and is well-placed to effect change in waste management

and improve quality of life. We shall look to benefit particularly

disadvantaged communities.'

Michael Singh, executive director of RSNC, said: 'We consider it a great

compliment to be chosen by the New Opportunities Fund as the award partner

for England in this major new initiative. RSNC recognised the importance

of the community waste sector's contribution to achieving government's waste

strategy targets and we look forward to working closely with the sector to

benefit disadvantaged communities and the environment. We take our

responsibilities seriously and will ensure that this considerable sum of

lottery money will be used to maximum effect.'

In Wales, the award partner for the Transforming Waste programme will be

Wales Council for Voluntary Action. The council will award£2.95m

funding in Wales over the three-year life of the programme. Today, the New

Opportunities Fund launches its Transforming Your Space programme in Wales.

Together these two strands of the programme will spend£6.5m to

support projects in Wales that are practical demonstrations of sustainable

practices.

Information on Transforming Waste award partners for the programme in

Northern Ireland (£2.25m) will be given next week, and the partner in

Scotland (£5.25m) will be released next month. For the UK overall

the Transforming Waste programme has a total of£49.5m of lottery

money.

In the UK, many millions of tonnes of waste materials are disposed of in

landfill that could be given a second life, by being either converted to

another use or repaired to extend its life. Recycling, re-use and

composting of materials is a more responsible approach to the management of

resources and contributes to a more sustainable environment for the future.

The programme will fund projects that are led by community-sector

organisations working in partnership with the public and/or private sectors

as appropriate, which expand community sector waste recycling, re-use or

composting activity.

NOTES

1 Community sector in this context means organisations constituted as

having social and/or environmental objectives, which operate either as a

charity, as a worker-owned cooperative, or on a not-for-profit basis,

engaged in community-based, sustainable waste management activities.

2 New Opportunities Fund is the biggest of the National Lottery good

cause distributors, providing National Lottery funding for health, education

and environment projects across the UK, with a particular focus on

disadvantage and improving quality of life. To date the nd has committed

over£1.3bn in funding to schemes across the UK. The fund support

sustainable projects that will:

* Improve the quality of life of people throughout the UK

* Address the needs of those who are most disadvantaged in society

* Encourage community participation

* Complement relevant local and national strategies and programmes

Funding for programmes is divided between England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales on the basis of population weighted to reflect levels of deprivation.

3 RSNC is a registered charity, incorporated by Royal Charter, to

promote conservation and manage environmental programmes throughout the

whole of the UK. It has established management systems for holding and

distributing funds totalling more than£17m annually to environmental

projects across the UK.

NEW OPPORTUNITIES FUND ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMMES

1 Green Spaces and Sustainable Communities (£125 in UK including

£10.78m for the Scottish Land Fund)

The programme encourages small community-based projects and those

designed to help urban and rural communities understand, improve, or care

for their environment by creating, preserving or promoting access to green

spaces of educational, recreational or environmental value to the community.

Acquisition of land, reuse of derelict land, and creation of habitats which

encourage bio-diversity are included. The programme delivers through Award

Partners and includes over£40m of funding targeted on new and

improved playing fields and children's play.

2 Transforming Communities (£159m in UK); includes Renewable

Energy across the UK£10 million for off-shore wind generation and£33m for biomass generation; Transforming Waste across the UK£49.5m for recycling, re-use, and composting activities; Transforming Your

Space across the UK£49.5m (of which£38.75m for England is being delivered

through fair share) Also,£10m is for the Scotland-only drugs

programme, Better Off.

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