Severn Waste and the LCF
Severn Waste Services has contributed over £5 million towards approved environmental and community projects.
The Company has made its contributions in two ways:
Via the Severn Waste Environmental Fund
The Company has been a strong supporter of Welcome to Our Future (WTOF); the charitable company set up in 1999 to promote the objectives of Local Agenda 21 in Worcestershire and Herefordshire. This Environmental Body has an agreement with Severn Waste to manage a proportion of the Company’s LCF contributions under the title of the ‘Severn Waste Environmental Fund’ (SWEF).
With its own local and distinctive award criteria, and project evaluation panels for the two counties, WTOF has disbursed through the SWEF over £3 million towards Approved Objects. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Via enrolled Environmental Bodies
Severn Waste has contributed money under the LCF directly to other Environmental Bodies for projects under a range of Approved Objects, relating to waste management research, dissemination of information and habitat conservation.
A summary of projects funded or committed to fund can be found on the Local Projects page of this website.
Our contribution and Added Value
It has been estimated that, nationally, for every £1 contributed to an LCF Approved Object, about £3 has been ‘levered in’ from other sources. If this is applied to Severn Waste’s contribution, then the gross benefit to the environment and communities in Herefordshire and Worcestershire is some £20 million.
The LCF allows landfill operators to recover 90% of the contributions from their landfill tax bill. But the other 10% must come from somewhere else. Many landfill operators in the UK have insisted that third parties contribute the 10% for a project to receive full funding. However, Severn Waste has always contributed the balancing 10% (over £500,000 to date) out of its own resources, as its commitment to the community in the two counties it serves.