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From: "James Watson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2005 21:29:45 +0100
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3JR
Out of hours: 020 7270 8960
22 November 2004
£284M LANDFILL TAX RECYCLED TO HELP BUSINESSES MAKE THE MOST OUT OF THEIR
Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett today announced a £284m programme
to help businesses become more efficient with their resources and make the
most out of their waste.
Today's announcement forms part of Defra's five -year strategy, to be
unveiled in full early in December 2004, which will have a local and
global focus on improving the environment.
The Business Resource Efficiency and Waste (BREW) programme, which
recycles revenue generated through the Landfill Tax, will provide new
support to business that specifically targets waste minimisation, the
diversion of waste away from landfill, and improvements in resource efficiency.
The programme for 2005, which will be formally launched in April, will
deliver the first raft of funding, worth £43m, to:
* Envirowise to expand their service providing business with
independent advice on practical ways to minimise waste and reduce
environmental impact. It will also fund Waste Minimisation Clubs which
will help businesses collaborate to improve resource efficiency
* WRAP to develop new markets for a number of 'difficult' business
wastes; to develop a pilot project for the collection and recycling of
waste from small businesses; and expand their scheme providing start-up
funding for businesses involved in recycling
* Environment Agency to help tackle flytipping, thereby ensuring a
level playing field for businesses.
* Defra's Market Transformation Programme to expand this programme,
which aims to improve the resource efficiency of products to include
those made and used by businesses and which have the potential to reduce waste
* Carbon Trust to expand their programmes helping business reduce
carbon emissions and develop low carbon technologies
* National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) to expand this
business led programme which aims to bring together businesses to use the
waste from one business as the input for another
* DTI Technology Fund to support research and development aimed at
waste minimisation, waste management and energy efficiency
* Regional Development Agencies to co-ordinate delivery of these
measures and to carry out strategic resource efficiency projects in the
A steering committee of business representatives will continue to monitor
and advise the programme as it develops.
Margaret Beckett , Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
"Every business, big and small, can benefit from this package of
initiatives which have been designed to move towards more sustainable
"If businesses use these services they should be able to recoup the
increasing costs of landfill by reducing the amount of waste they send to
landfill as well as driving down energy use - all of which should help
them become more competitive through cash savings and increasing resource
More detailed information on the services the programme will provide and
how to access them will be available before the April launch.
Notes for editors
As announced in Budget 2003 the standard rate of landfill tax, which
applies to active wastes, will be increased by £3 per tonne in 2005-06,
and by at least £3 per tonne in the following years to reach a medium to
long-term rate of £35 per tonne. The rate is currently £15 per tonne.
The Landfill Tax was introduced to stimulate reductions in the levels of
waste going to landfill and encourage the development of more sustainable
waste management practices. Increases in the tax from April 2005 aim to
accelerate this process.
HM Treasury has asked Defra to develop a programme of measures to return
£284 million of the additional receipts to business in a manner that will
encourage and support resource efficiency. The Business Resource
efficiency and Waste (BREW) Programme has been developed in consultation
with business representatives, Treasury and DTI to meet this
This programme covers England. The Devolved Administrations are
responsible in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
Further information on beneficiaries:
* Envirowise <http://www.envirowise.gov.uk/>http://www.envirowise.gov.uk/
* WRAP - Waste and Resources Action Programme
* Market Transformation Programme
* The Carbon Trust
* National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP)
* Environment Agency
* Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
The division funds across the first three years is:
Years £ Millions
This announcement covers the first year the programme. As the funding
available increases, Government will consider other funding measures.
The funding allocated for the first year is distributed as follows:
Measure Budget 2005/6
DTI Technology Strategy - R&D 10
Resource Efficiency Advice - Envirowise 10
Waste Min Clubs - Envirowise: 2
Market Development - WRAP 3
Business Development Service - WRAP 0.5
Small Business Collection Pilot - WRAP 0.5
Market Transformation Programme 2
Energy Efficiency (Carbon Trust) 3
Flytipping / Waste Carrier Reg. - Environment Agency 2
National Industrial Symbiosis Programme 2
Regional Funding 5
Defra Waste Data Strategy 1
Other - coordination, communication, contingency fund 2
The Government will also consult on a new Enhanced Capital Allowances for
waste and associated resource efficiency technologies.
The development and administration of the programme will be guided by a
Steering Committee of business representatives.
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