3rd February 2000

COUNTY WASTE PROJECT GETS OFFICIAL THUMBS UP

 

A waste minimisation club based in Lincolnshire is one of three projects nationwide to have been highlighted by the Government as an example of best practice.

 

Lincolnshire Waste Minimisation 2000 was set up in September 1997 and offers advice to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the county on how to cut costs through waste reduction.

 

The club is a collaboration between the Economic Development Partnership and Innovation Centre (EPICentre) at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside and a number of other organisations, including Business Link Lincolnshire, the Environment Agency, North Kesteven District Council, Lincoln City Council and Lincolnshire County Council.

 

A new booklet published by the Environmental Technology Best Practice Programme highlights three case studies - one in Lincolnshire, another in Scotland and a third in Hereford and Worcester.

 

It applauds Lincolnshire Waste Minimisation 2000 as a “dynamic partnership of local organisations” which “has successfully run a low-cost club that provides assistance for local companies through workshops and free consultancy.”

 

Particular successes spotlighted in the booklet - entitled ‘Waste Minimisation Clubs: Partnerships Prove Key to Success’ - include:

 

·     identifying potential annual cost savings of £70,000 for member companies

·     using locally available expertise

·     dovetailing with other local initiatives to maximise the benefits of regional funding

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“This is an example of successful reach-out, of the university working with local businesses to help them to become more competitive through a combination of training and on-site consultancy,” commented Chris Davis, an environmental consultant at the EPICentre.

 

“The Government has recognised the success of this local partnership by including it as a case study in this best practice publication.”

 

The club has met its original targets and is now looking to build on its success and move on to a second phase.

 

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Current members of Lincolnshire Waste Minimisation 2000 include:

 

Red Rose International                                        Boston

Simon’s Construction                                          Lincoln

Geest                                                                  Spalding

ABB Alstom Power                                            Lincoln

Calders & Grandidge                                          Boston

RAF Waddington                                                Waddington

A W Curtis & Son                                              Lincoln

Bulgin Power Source                                           Lincoln

 

Copies of the booklet can be obtained free of charge by phoning the Environment Helpline on 0800 585794, quoting ref ET221.

 

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For more information contact:

 

Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk