News in Brief - 30/03/2021

WRAP announces new Director of Insights and Innovation

WRAP has announced that Claire Shrewsbury has been promoted to Director of Insights and Innovation.

Shrewsbury joined WRAP in 2008 as Glass Sector Manager, before moving to her previous post as Head of Governments and Communities.

In her new role, Shrewsbury will oversee the teams that deliver and research WRAP’s work, as well as those that deliver technical support to local authorities and management of grant programmes.

WRAP CEO Marcus Gover commented: “Claire was an exceptional candidate and I am delighted she has accepted this post.

Her knowledge of the waste management sector and its role in accelerating the move towards a circular economy is unrivalled, and I know she will lead her teams in a way that embodies WRAP values and our vision for a world where resources are used sustainably.”

Shrewsbury added: “I’m extremely proud to work for WRAP and of the incredible work we do, so I’m very excited to be taking on this new role.

“My priority is to ensure that my brilliant teams continue to deliver work which is relevant, impactful, and delivers real change on the ground.”

Food Connect service trial saves 260,000 meals in Milton Keynes

Environmental charity Hubbub has announced the trial of its Food Connect pilot has saved the equivalent of 260,000 meals from waste in Milton Keynes.

The service has redistributed surplus food from retailers to community groups using electric cargo bikes and an electric van.

The trial took place from September 2020 to February 2021 and saved 109 tonnes of food, which was associated with 36 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and 1.7 tonnes of transport emissions.

The Food Connect pilot supported community groups across Milton Keynes and partnered with retailers, restaurants, FareShare, Milton Keynes Council and food manufacturers to share food across the community. 

The scheme is now expected to continue in Milton Keynes and branch out to other parts of the country.

Aoife Allen, Head of Food at Hubbub said: “We are thrilled to have saved 109 tonnes of food and at the same time supported the need for cleaner air.

“We believe that Food Connect can provide an agile, replicable solution to the final-mile-challenge by delivering great surplus food to community groups who can share it really quickly.”

Helen Innes, Project Co-ordinator for Food Connect added: “Food Connect has enabled us to provide food to around 800 local families a week and has also reduced the pressure on the volunteers who would be making these journeys by foot, taxi or car to pick up the surplus food. 

“The project has helped us establish a more reliable supply, including a wider variety of food to share and was invaluable in allowing us to support shielding households last year.

"We are so thrilled with the results and look forward to helping the service expand.”

EMR donates to Great Manchester Youth Network
Manchester based metal recycling EMR has provided a donation to the Great Manchester Youth Network aimed at improving young people’s employment opportunities in the local area.

The £1,000 donation will give the opportunity for young people who have been or an in care, or who have carer responsibilities, to attend the Great Manchester Youth Network’s 10 week programme, which provides support in preparing and applying for work.

The donation was given as part of EMR’s Young Futures Reimagined programme, which aims to help young people build a future across the UK.

Christopher Doherty, Operations Manager at EMR Manchester said: “The COVID pandemic has negatively impacted the employment opportunities of young people all across the country.

“Our site is in the heart of the Greater Manchester region and we are proud to support young people in our community in accessing opportunities otherwise unavailable to them.

“The skills they will develop and take from the programme will have an irreplaceable impact on their future success. We can’t wait to see what these young people are able to achieve.”

Kate Thomas from the Greater Manchester Youth Network added: “We are so pleased that EMR have chosen to support our employability programme.

“Young carers are often very isolated and really benefit from these sessions. This donation will help the programme develop and reach more young people.”