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Ambitious plans to save seven million tonnes of CO2, prevent three million tonnes of waste and save the UK economy almost £2billion were unveiled recently by Wrap, the organisation working with UK Governments to improve resource efficiency.

The targets were developed by Wrap (Waste & Resources Action Programme) and unveiled as part of the organisation’s new business plan, launched by Chief Executive Liz Goodwin at the CIWM (Chartered Institution of Wastes Management) Conference in London.

She said the organisation’s focus would be on preventing waste occurring in the first place with continued focus on recycling, repairing and reusing. She also said there would be a greater emphasis on supporting communities, businesses and individuals who wanted to make changes with practical, research-based advice, citing the million people using the organisation’s Recycle Now and Love Food Hate Waste websites.

“Each of the four UK Governments recognises that resource efficiency is central to their environmental objectives which can boost the economy and are funding Wrap to help deliver that,” she said. “They naturally each have their distinctive national priorities differently but they trust our expertise and ability to bring people together towards a common cause and that’s what underpins our Business Plan.

“Our focus will be on minimising resource use and diverting waste from landfill... Two of the new areas we’ll be working in are reducing waste in the hospitality sector and encouraging more reuse of textiles. We’ll also be doing even more to support SMEs and we’ll continue to support anaerobic digestion plants being built to create energy and compost.”

Wrap UK goals 2011-2015
• 7 million tonnes CO2 avoided a year
• 3 million tonnes of biodegradable waste diverted from landfill a year
• £1.9 billion cost savings to the economy
• £130 million growth in the resource management sector a year
• 3 million tonnes of primary resources saved a year
• 2 million tonnes of waste prevented a year