Innovation in Waste Prevention Fund - video showcase

The Innovation in Waste Prevention (IWP) fund was launched in May 2014 and managed by WRAP over two years.  Community-based organisations were invited to apply for the grant funding (from £5,000 to £50,000) to support innovative waste prevention projects. 

The overall aim of the fund was to support communities across England in their efforts to prevent waste, stimulating long-term changes to business models that encourage items to be kept in use for longer. 

Applicants were expected to be from existing partnerships or ones newly formed to access the funding.  They needed an innovative idea to prevent waste and be able to demonstrate match funding at least equivalent to the amount of funding applied for, whether this was their own funding, staff time or other. 

The projects have generated practical and transferable knowledge in operating re-use and waste prevention projects for specific products, such as paint and food, which can be passed onto to other projects through national networks or online tools. Details of all the funded projects, including objectives and outcomes, can be found in the full review document. We have also chosen to showcase the learnings from five of the projects in the videos below, to help facilitate the sharing of knowledge.

Click on the project names below to view a short video about what they achieved with the funding.

The Repair Shed: a community action project for men and women aged 50+ repairing items and creating products from waste.

Fareshare South West: a project set up to re-distribute food to those in need from festivals in 2015.

Create UK: repair and collection of local white goods from Housing Association properties with the aim to refurbish, re-use and recycle where possible.

Changing lives in Cheshire: collecting leftover, discontinued and returned paint for alternative use.

Re-considered: a project set up to capture surplus fruit and veg from Bradford Wholesale Market to create a unique range of preserves.

A written review of all 16 funded projects is also available.