The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP)’s open tender competition aims to create 450,000 tonnes of additional organic waste capacity – a 23% growth from 2004/05 levels.

Financial awards are available to develop new or expanded composting facilities and for using BSI PAS 100 compost in value-added products such as topsoil, or improving existing composting operations.

WRAP defines source-segregated biodegradable municipal waste as food, garden waste, timber, cardboard and paper.

“There’s a real need to divert more biodegradable waste from landfill and a good demand for compost, thanks to initiatives like the British Standard PAS 100 that give reassurance of product quality,” said WRAP capital grants manager Michelle O’Riley.