Severn Waste Services: 17 years of supporting local community projects.
For decades, households in Worcestershire and Herefordshire have relied on landfill as a solution for dealing with waste that cannot be recycled.
Since 1999, Severn Waste Services has made a contribution which enables some of the money it spends on Landfill Tax to be invested in local community schemes. Over the years, via the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF), they have been able to provide over £9million to projects in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
The Company has provided funding to community projects via direct funding and also through the ‘Severn Waste Environmental Fund’, managed by the charity ‘Welcome to Our Future’ which runs a grant making process.
During the seventeen years supporting the scheme, Severn Waste Services has had the opportunity to support numerous small local projects – supporting community halls and sports clubs as well as larger initiatives with the National Trust, Defford Airfield Heritage Group, Hartlebury Castle, Pershore Riverside Centre, Worcestershire and Herefordshire Wildlife Trusts, Woodland Trust and Vale Landscape Heritage Trust.
However, things are set to change this year. We are entering a new phase of waste management in the two counties as we look to protect our environment by diverting as much waste from landfill as possible, and, through the new EnviRecover Energy-from-Waste facility, using waste as a resource to create electricity instead. So with landfilling in decline, so too does the Landfill Communities Fund.
Jim Haywood, Financial Director of Severn Waste Services said “We have been very pleased to be able support so many worthwhile causes during the past seventeen years. It has been a privilege to see the hard work of the many volunteers involved throughout Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Now we are winding down our activities with the LCF, and we expect to fund our final round of community projects this year. We look forward to receiving applications for the final round of grants by 23rd March 2017.”
Anyone interested in in applying to the Severn Waste Environmental Fund should contact Bill Richardson at the charity Welcome to Our Future at firstname.lastname@example.org including a home address where an information pack can be posted to. Projects must fall within strict guidelines, more information about the scheme can be found at http://www.severnwaste.com/landfill-communities-fund/. Applications for the final round of grants should be received by 23rd March 2017.