Driving Up Performance Fund - CLOSED

On 10 February 2014 LWARB announced the award of £1.2m of grant funding to support 13 projects across 17 London Boroughs to put in place infrastructure to increase recycling in the capital. 

It is anticipated that these projects will provide new or improved recycling facilities to over 1 million households, diverting in the region of 60,000 tonnes of waste from landfill and incineration over the first 4 years.
 
The grants will be invested in a variety of recycling schemes across London from introducing a new food waste collection service to residents in flats in Brent to a mobile recycling centre in Westminster.
 
The grant funding was awarded to the following boroughs and project:
  • Ealing – improvements will be made to their two household waste and recycling centres at Greenford and Stirling Road.
  • Bexley – introduction of a dry and food waste recycling service to the 84 households on the Lesney Farm Estate.   This will provide 100% of Bexley households in flats with a comprehensive recycling service.
  • Brent – the roll out a new food waste recycling service to c.15,000 households in flats, made possible by new food waste facilities, supplying food waste recycling bins, food waste caddies and liners to residents
  • Bromley – improvements will be made to their two household waste and recycling centres at Waldo Road and Churchfields.
  • Haringey - the provision of reusable bags to c28,000 households in flats to store and carry recycling to onsite facilities along with improvements to signage at the facilities and revamping of 30-35 sites.
  • Havering and Redbridge – improvements to the on street dry recycling bring sites across both boroughs and the installation of 28 new bring sites.
  • Hounslow – food waste improvements to include:
    • the roll out a new food waste recycling service to c.3,500 households in flats, made possible by new food waste facilities, supplying food waste recycling bins, food waste caddies and liners to residents. 
    • will extend their primary schools kitchen food waste service to dining halls and introduce kitchen and dining area food waste collections to secondary schools.
    • Improvements to the kerbside food waste service including distribution of caddies and liners.
  • Islington – introduction of a comprehensive bulky waste re-use service to residents.
  • Merton – introduction of food waste collections to primary and secondary schools in the borough.
  • Lewisham – improvements will be made to the recycling service provided to c40,000 households in flats to improve performance and reduce contamination.
  • Sutton – the provision of reusable bags to c34,000 households in flats to store and carry recycling to onsite facilities along with improvements to signage at the facilities.
  • Western Riverside Waste Authority (Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth and Wandsworth) - improvements will be made to the recycling service provided to households in flats across the four boroughs to improve performance and reduce contamination.
  • Westminster – improvements will be made to the recycling scheme provided to 60,000 households in flats to include delivery of recycling containers. In addition Westminster will be introducing a mobile recycling centre in the north of the borough
Funding Overview
The funding was available to London authorities (i.e. london boroughs and joint waste disposal authorities) wanting to improve and/or expand existing services or provide new recycling services in the following areas:
  • Dry recycling collections (kerbside and flats)
  • Food and green waste recycling collections (kerbside and flats)
  • Recycling services provided at Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs)
  • Bulky waste re-use or recycling collections.
Where an authority does not have sufficient internal resources to gather baseline data or post project roll out monitoring, funding is available  and a request for this should be included within the application.
 
Support Avaliable
LWARB allocated £1.2 million to the Driving Up Performance Fund (the ‘Fund’) for 2013-15. It is anticipated that all the Fund will be committed by 31/03/14 (i.e. funding agreements in place) and that schemes will be fully rolled out by 31/03/15. Funding was be allocated on a competitive basis through a single round.
 
LWARB anticipated funding no more than 10 projects. The maximum funding per project is £200,000 (including monitoring). Projects will be evaluated on their value for money, project viability, partnership working, project performance monitoring, commitment to the project, ability to deliver savings through avoided disposal costs and net positive CO2 impact.
 
Where an authority does not have sufficient internal resources to gather baseline performance data or post project roll out monitoring, funding is available (up to £30,000) and a request for this should be included in the application. Please note that any monitoring costs are included within the £200,000 cap. 
 
Where an authority does not have sufficient internal resources to deliver a communications campaign for the scheme, support is available from LWARB’s Borough Communications Support (BCS) Programme. Those authorities wishing to apply for communications support should do so within the Driving up Performance Fund application form. Communications support is in addition to the £200,000 cap.
 
Timetable
  
Action
Date/Deadline
Fund launched
4 September 2013
Application deadline
4 November 2013
LWARB submits clarification questions to authorities
29 November 2013
Deadline for clarification responses
13 December 2013
Efficiencies Committee make project funding recommendations
End January 2014
Funding Agreements between LWARB and  authorities signed
February 2014
Deadline for authorities to return signed Funding Agreements to LWARB
31 March 2014
Deadline for delivery of all projects
31 March 2015
 
If you have any queries on the Fund then please contact Gemma Scott at LWARB on 020 7960 3679 or gemma.scott@lwarb.gov.uk. For Borough Communications Support Programme enquiries please contact Ella Clarke on 07540 513260 or ella.clarke@wrap.org.uk