£25,000 grants to reduce waste

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Do you have a great idea for helping to reduce waste in your community or business?

If so, we want to hear from you. We want to help local groups and businesses bid for a share of £800,000 from the Government to help setup innovative projects to prevent materials going to waste.

Grants of up to £25,000 could be made available through the Waste Prevention Fund for projects which help reduce wastes such as food, textiles, paper and board, plastics, electronic and electrical equipment, furniture, building and demolition waste and healthcare and chemical waste.To qualify for funding, projects will need to be new and not yet tried elsewhere. This could involve developing new services, or new products to deliver existing services in a different way.

We would decide which bids to take forward and would work in partnership with the relevant groups or businesses to bid for funding and − if successful − help to deliver the projects.

Councillor Dean Collins, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said: “Derbyshire is a hive of business innovation and we want to focus some of that original thinking to look for new ways of helping residents and businesses to reduce waste.

“We are facing difficult financial times and need to cut our budget by £157 million by 2018. Sending waste to landfill costs the us £19 million a year which could be better spent on other services. Cash is available for projects which can help reduce waste, working in partnership with us.

So if you’ve got an idea, call us on 01629 539776 or 01629 539787, email wastemanagement@derbyshire.gov.uk.Proposals would need to be agreed with us by 16 January 2015, and bids submitted to the Government by 6 February 2015.

Grants need to be spent by 31 December 2015.