Olympic wrap for new tool to tackle waste

A new, online planning tool, designed to cut down on waste, is launched today (16 May) targeted at the events industry and its supply chain.
 
The tool, developed by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) in conjunction with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), is designed to assist event organisers planning an event to create action plans for managing and reducing waste.
 
The event Resource Management Plan (RMP) tool has been awarded the London 2012 Inspire Mark which recognises innovative projects inspired by the 2012 Games. Developers claim the tool can also help the bottom line.
 
Organisations seeking BS 8901 certification (the British Standard Specification for a Sustainability Management system for events) can also use the tool to demonstrate compliance with elements of the standard.
 
Figures from Government department DEFRA show that while some of the events sector has achieved as much as a 50 per cent recycling rate in events, many companies averaging just 15 per cent.
 
Companies which have trialled the RMP tool include Live Nation, Manchester United FC, Manchester City Council and Coca Cola GB.
 
Mervyn Jones, Head of Products at WRAP, said: “This is an exciting new sector for us to work with. We have drawn on our experience of working with clients in the retail, local authority and construction sectors in developing this tool.”
 
David Stubbs, Head of Sustainability at LOCOG said: “Factoring in aspects of sustainability such as waste management is a real challenge for event organisers, particularly where there is a large supply chain involved. Using tools such as the one developed by WRAP will help the UK achieve its ambition of hosting the most sustainable Games possible.”
 
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