Defra research published: Benefits of third sector organisations in waste management.

Defra has funded three research projects relating to social enterprise and waste management.


The first of these has been published and provides evidence of the wide range of social, economic and environmental benefits that are gained when social enterprises engage in the delivery of waste services.  The report is entitled ”Benefits of Third Sector Involvement in Waste Management” (WR0506).  This research used an abridged version of Social Return On Investment to understand, measure and report on the social, environmental and economic value that is being created by third sector waste management organisations.  The research was carried out on behalf of Defra by Resources for Change and nef (the New Economics Foundation) with strategic input from Resource Futures and Community Environment Associates.

Two further reports in this series will be published in the near future, entitled “Unlocking the Potential of Community Composting” and “Social Enterprises and Sustainable Waste and Resource Management: Evaluating Impacts, Capacities and Opportunities”.  I’ll post links as they are published.

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  1. Dawnmarie
    Posted 18 November, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Professor Williams predicts global waste production could double over the next twenty years, and provides some good proposals looking towards 2020:

  2. Posted 7 March, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    There needs to be more empthasis on the reduction,reuse and recycling of commercial and industrial waste via charities such as the London S.C.R.A.P. Project which is also known as the Childrens S.C.R.A.P. Project.
    We have served the community via a membership scheme for nearly 32 years.Our members include schools,nurseries,community groups and recycling educators who use our quality materials for art,education and play.
    I have raised this issue with Meg Hillier,my local M.P., who is as aware as I am of the governments intention of elevating this form of recycling and further reduce landfill.
    Above is the website of the C.S.P.. and here is the e.mail address if needeed :-
    As a director and chair of the above I am more than happy to discuss this issue further and hear your views on this issue

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