New CIWM-accredited online training tool will help businesses cut waste and save money, says WRAP

2nd July 2013

A free, accredited online training tool has been launched by WRAP to help businesses across England save up to £1,000 per employee by improving the way they manage their resources. 

‘On Course for Zero Waste’ provides free training modules, templates, case studies and other support material to give companies the skills and tools they need to improve the financial and environmental performance of their organisation.  Users can also enhance their CVs with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and two course certificates accredited by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.

The tool can be found on WRAP’s new online advice centre, the Business Resource Efficiency Hub. The Hub, which features a suite of online tools, including an interactive tour and a range of training courses, was developed to give all kinds of small and medium sized enterprises the skills they need to prevent waste and save money.

“Businesses that improve their resource efficiency can play a pivotal role in delivering economic growth and environmental benefits to the UK,” said Carl Nichols, Head of Business and Markets at WRAP. 

“Our comprehensive range of tools and advice can help companies in England grab a slice of the £23 billion[1] of total savings available if UK businesses improve resource efficiency, while also helping to create and protect jobs.”

The tools enable businesses to get started on making savings quickly by providing free, step-by-step advice including training modules, ready-to-use templates, checklists and help to develop a waste prevention plan – all supported by a telephone helpline.  

In addition to ‘On Course for Zero Waste’, companies can find other tools on the Hub, for example, the Rippleffect support package to help improve water efficiency[2].  And ‘Green Town’ is an engaging and visually appealing interactive tour with sector specific tips to help businesses see at a glance how they can start to save money by reducing waste.  

“The Hub offers all the information a business needs to take quick and easy steps to cutting waste and boosting profitability,” said Carl.

“Businesses can also find a one-stop shop for best practice guides covering a variety of subjects, from introductory information on resource efficiency, through to water efficiency, advice for managers and how to secure support from colleagues.  Companies can also generate their own tailored guide to resource efficiency in a few minutes by using our e-publication tool.

“Whether companies need help on where to begin their resource efficiency journey, or more advanced guidance, the tools and guides have been grouped to cater for their knowledge of the topic,” he added.

Businesses can find out more by visiting

On Course for Zero Waste was originally developed by AEA for Zero Waste Scotland, and launched in October 2011.  Following feedback from users in Scotland, content from both the foundation and practitioner level modules is being re-developed and incorporated into shorter modules and extended to include energy and water efficiency. The new modules - entitled Green Champion Training - are due to be launched during the summer.



[2] For examples of savings businesses can gain by using the Rippleffect see:

WRAP’s vision is a world without waste, where resources are used sustainably. It works in partnership to help businesses, individuals and communities improve resource efficiency. Established as a not-for-profit company in 2000, WRAP is backed by government funding from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

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