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Business support

From April 1st 2010, Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) is becoming the single delivery body providing Defra funded support on material resource efficiency to English based businesses and industry, local authorities, Government departments and consumers. This follows a review of the existing seven bodies responsible for delivering the department’s policies in this area, which took place during 2008-9 (see below), following which it was decided to establish a single body, incorporating existing programmes, by April 2010.

The bodies covered by this measure are the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), Envirowise, National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP), Construction & Resources Waste Programme (CRWP), Centre for Remanufacturing & Reuse (CRR), Action Sustainability (AS) and the BREW Centre for Local Authorities (BREW Centre).

WRAP has been a key source of support to businesses and consumers on waste management and reduction since its foundation in 2000. From April 1st WRAP is delivering an enhanced single programme of work. This is focussing on the following areas:

  • Resource efficient design and Waste Minimisation
  • Business Resource Efficiency
  • Developing and sustaining Markets for recycled and reusable materials and products
  • Diverting commercial and domestic waste from Landfill

These priorities will allow WRAP to increase its work in the direction of minimising the amount of waste that initially enters the waste stream through more sustainable product and process design, whilst continuing to ensure material is reused where possible, and to work to lower the amount of waste entering landfill.

Work will also continue with Business Link to ensure companies have easy access to a wide range of free, impartial and practical advice, information and guidance on business resource efficiency.

The key contact points for material resource efficiency expertise in England from April 1st 2010 will be as follows:

WRAP website:; and
WRAP helpline: 0808 100 2040.

Historic arrangements – the BREW Programme

Some of the above support was previously provided under the Business Resource Efficiency and Waste (BREW) Programme, which operated between 2005 and 2008. The programme was established to return to business £284 million of money raised over that period through the landfill tax escalator.

Work is underway to compile achievements from the BREW Programme.

Page last modified: 24 March 2010
Page published: 27 May 2005