290  Miscellaneous support services

These include insurance services covering the risks associated with the waste disposal industry.  They also cover grants and other sources of finance which may be available to assist selected projects.  

Association of British Credit Unions Ltd

Tel 0207 582 2626 Fax 0161 832 3706
Unit 307
, Westminster Business Square, 339 Kennington Lane, LONDON SE11 5QY

The Association of British Credit Unions Ltd is a trade association representing and providing support to credit unions and to those interested in setting up credit unions in Britain. Credit unions are financial co-operatives owned, run and controlled by their members, whose savings are pooled together to be used as a common fund from which members can apply for loans.

Bedfordshire Green Business Network  
Tel 01582 522330  Fax 01582 702345  
2 Railton Road, Woburn Industrial Estate, KEMPSTON, Beds MK42 7PN  
Website www.envirolinkuk.org Email jmoloney@netcomuk.co.uk   
Contacts  Miles Greenhalgh, Eleanor Morris, Jane Moloney  

Environmental support group to business community.  Meetings several times a year, focusing on particular environmental themes.  Aims to demonstrate examples of and promote a culture of environmental good practice.  Innovation Centre at Business Link, Kimpton Road, Luton LU2 0LB (Tel as above).  Funded Luton Friends of the Earth to produce the first WasteBook for Bedfordshire.


Tel 01707 372248
45 Fordwich Road, WELWYN GARDEN CITY, Herts AL8 6EY

Installers of impervious paving and hardstanding.

Business in the Community (BITC)  
Tel 0870 600 2482   Fax 020 7253 1877  
Email information@bitc.org.uk  Website www.bitc.org.uk  
137 Shepherdess Walk, LONDON N1 7RQ  

Head organisation for Business in the Environment (BiE) - see section 200 Support Services - which encourages improvement through environmental performance, with practical benefits such as significant cost reductions through waste minimisation.  BITC describes itself as a UK movement of 700 member companies, with a further 1600 participating in programmes and campaigns.  Operates through a network of 98 local business-led partnerships, and with 45 global partners.  Aims to inspire, challenge, engage and support business in improving positive impact on society.  Claims to promote responsible business practice through collaborative action to tackle disadvantage, sharing learning and experience; and to be the largest, longest-established organisation of its type, a business-led charity for 20 years.  Staff can apply for a loan to purchase a bike.  Offers staff interest-free travel loans, paying 20% towards it for those earning under 20,000.  Member companies employ over 15 million people in 200 countries, and in the UK employ over 5th of the private sector.  (Updated Mar 2004) 

Civic Trust
Tel 0151 709 1969 Fax 0151 709 2022 / 0151 236 5942
Grants Management Unit, 6th Floor, Gostins Buildings, 32-36 Hanover Street, LIVERPOOL, Merseyside L1 4LN

Administers DoE Local Project Fund, supporting voluntary and community group environment projects, such as restoration of derelict land; promotion of recycling, waste minimisation and energy efficiiency. Grants are available from 500 to 10,000 for up to half project cost, provided material funding has been secured from non-public sector sources. Head office 17 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AW, tel 0207 930 0914, fax 0207 321 0180.

Cranfield University

Tel 01234 754056 Direct Line (24 hr ansaphone) Fax 01234 751671 E-mail
Cranfield Water - Cranfield University, Clive Temple, Marketing Manager, Cranfield, BEDFORD MK43 0AL

'Cranfield Water' is the University's umbrella organisation, serving as an interface between Cranfield University and the international water and environment sector. It offers the market place an integrated approach, providing training and research services. Specialist areas include: water and effluent treatment, water recycling and reuse, soil and water engineering, irrigation management, water environment management, energy management.

Creamer, P W & Co Ltd

Tel 01925 650204 Fax 01925 571732
PO Box 40, Paul House, WARRINGTON, Cheshire WA1 2NB

Specialist insurance broker experienced in placing cover for waste management industry risks, environmental liabilities, pollution and contamination. ESA member. Operates throughout the UK.


Tel 0207 890 6672
Dept of Environment, Ashdown House, 123 Victoria Street, LONDON SW1E 6DE

Eco Management and Audit Scheme. EU voluntary scheme initially introduced for industry to help companies improve the quality of their environmental management and gain the benefits of competitive advantage and positive publicity.

Tel 0208 950 2152 Fax 0208 950 3862
Profex House, 25 School Lane, BUSHEY, Herts WD2 1BR
Website http://www.entrust.org.uk E-mail judithcharlton@entrust.org.uk

Self-financing, non profit body regulating the government's Landfill Tax Credit Scheme. Enrols, monitors and audits environmental bodies who receive money for projects from landfill operators. Tax on landfill waste was introduced in 1996 to encourage more environmentally sustainable methods of waste management. Through the scheme, landfill operators can donate up to 20% of their landfill tax liability to environmental bodies, and claim a tax credit for 90% of their contribution. Projects may be innovative and are defined as: a) Reclamation of land; b) Reduction of pollution or its effects; c) Research and development, education, collecting and disseminating information to encourage more sustainable waste management; d) Provision or maintenance of a public park or other amenity near a landfill site; e) Restoration, repair or maintenance of buildings open to the public near a landfill; f) Administration of other environmental bodies. See Landfill.

Environmental Action Fund

Tel 0207 890 6698 Fax 0207 890 6689
Environmental Grants Manager, Floor 7 / E8, DETR, Ashdown House, 123 Victoria Street, LONDON SW1E 0DE

The EAF supports environmental groups carrying out work to further the government's environmental objectives, such as promoting sustainability, recycling, or restoration of derelict areas. A newsletter of the funds is produced, called 'Activate', to explain the grants process, establish links between projects and promote good practice. Also published: 'The Guide to Good Practice in Managing Environmental Projects', drafted by Learning through Landscapes, an environmental charity.

Website www.envirowise.gov.uk  Helpline 0800 585794

Government programme to minimise waste.  Offers free, independent advice, information to help small and medium size businesses on practical ways to minimise waste, introduce sustainability into the workplace, convert turnover into profit, and ensure compliance with environmental legislation.  Covers wide range including water and energy saving measures, cleaner design and technology.  Many case studies.  Published over 70 best practice guides (including Getting Started).  In the last year alone, saved British businesses more than 100 million.  Publications free to those registering on website.  Environment and Energy helpline offers: two hours of free consulting over the phone on a specific problem; FastTrack on-site waste reviews - free half-day site visits for SMEs (small to medium enterprises, below 250 employees) to solve operational issues; one day visit for free on-site assessment of operations for recommendations on waste management; identifying appropriate Envirowise products and sources of help; free on-site energy efficiency advice.  Runs seminars and workshops.  Provides map of Waste Minimisation Clubs - for local or regional companies to meet regularly and share best practice in reducing waste.  Formally known as the Environment Technology Best Practice Programme.  (Updated Apr 2005)  

Ethical Investment Research Service (EIRIS)
Tel 0207 735 1351
504 Bond Way Business Centre, 71 Bond Way, LONDON SW8 1SQ

Supplies list of independent financial advisers who offer specialist ethical investment advice.

Groundwork Foundation

Tel 0121 236 8565 Fax 0121 236 7356
85-87 Cornwall Street, BIRMINGHAM, West Mids B3 3BY

Environmental organisation helping to regenerate local environments and develop more sustainable lifestyles, primarily by forming partnerships between businesses, local authorities, community and voluntary groups. Operates through a network of about 50 local Trusts in 120 UK towns, assisting with project planning and management; fundraising through sponsorship and grant aid; providing training and work experience for volunteers. Projects are wide-ranging, such as improvement of landscapes; restoration of derelict areas; education and awareness development programmes; improved environmental management for business; conservation of resources through waste minimisation, recycling and efficient use of energy. Where possible local employment is created. Branches include Groundwork Colne Valley, Park Centre, Denham Court Drive, Uxbridge, Middx UB9 5PG, Tel 01895 832662; Groundwork Hertfordshire, Mill Green, Hatfield, Herts AL9 5PE, Tel 01707 260192.

Institute of Wastes Management

Tel 01604 620426 Fax 01604 621339
9 Saxon Court, St Peters Gardens, NORTHAMPTON NN1 1SX

Professional body providing expertise in all aspects of waste management. Produces monthly journal Wastes Management.


Tel 01903 716133
Tony Hammond, Arun District Council, Arun Civic Centre, Maltravers Road, LITTLEHAMPTON, West Sussex BN17 5LF

The Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee advises councils about national and international legislation that may affect them, such as the Packaging Waste Regulations, and the development of new markets. LARAC encourages them to review roles, work in partnership, and enter into joint supply contracts. It organises a major national conference annually.


Tel 0207 607 7852 Fax 0207 609 7112
12 Southcote Road, LONDON N19 5BJ

London co-ordinator of Local Exchange Trading Schemes, in which goods and services are traded rather than money.

Local Projects Fund

Tel 0207 890 6698 Fax 0207 890 6689
Environmental Grants Manager, Floor 7 / E8, DETR, Ashdown House, 123 Victoria Street, LONDON SW1E 0DE

The LPF provides up to 10,000 to support environmental groups carrying out community projects which further the government's environmental objectives, such as promoting sustainability, recycling, or restoration of derelict areas. A newsletter of the funds is produced, caled 'Activate', to explain the grants process, establish links between projects and promote good practice. Also published: 'The Guide to Good Practice in Managing Environmental Projects', drafted by Learning through Landscapes, an environmental charity.

Miles Smith plc

Tel 0207 253 3434 Fax 0207 251 1689
Rostrum House, 26 Eastwick Street, LONDON EC1V 3PS

Specialist insurance broker with substantial experience providing cover in high risk environmental service industries. ESA member. Can also arrange Environment Agency Bond Requirements

Rural Action for the Environment

Tel 01285 659599 Fax 01285 654537
ACRE Offices, Somerford Court, Somerford Road, CIRENCESTER, Glos GL7 1TW

Partnership of 8 major statutory and voluntary organisations, providing skills, specialist knowledge and small grants to community groups for environmental improvement projects.

Shell Better Britain Campaign

Tel 0121 212 9221 Fax 0121 212 9220
Victoria Works, 21A Graham Street, Hockley, BIRMINGHAM, West Mids B1 3JR

One of Shell UK's community investment programmes, supporting and encouraging community action to improve local environmental quality of life. Information advice and small grant assistance available.

Sutton Ecology Centre

Tel 0208 770 5820
The Old Rectory, Festival Walk, CARSHALTON, Surrey SM5 3NX

Local authority environment centre, 2 hectares of land incorporating a pond, woodland, meadows, a 'recycling' display and an 'alternative energy' display. Open to the public, school parties etc.

Technology Exchange Ltd

Tel 01525 860333
Wrest Park, Silsoe, BEDFORD MK45 4HS

Company which acts as a voluntary intermediary for the transfer of technology to and within industry on an international basis. The Exchange receives requests for over 500 licensor to licensee introductions per month; sponsored by some major names, it also supports the Intermediate Technology Development Group.

Town and Country Planning Association

Tel 0207 930 8903
17 Carlton House Terrace, LONDON SW1Y 5AS

The TCPA works for effective planning, public participation and sensitive development.

UK Social Investment Forum

Tel 0207 377 5907
Vine Court, 112 Whitechapel Road,
London, E1 1JE

Body which believes government must respond to growing demand for ways to influence corporate social responsibility, enable sustainable development and make ethical choices. Recently consulted and made a submission to DSS pensions review.

United Nations Association (UNA)

Tel 0207 930 2931
United Nations Environment & Development UK Committee, 3 Whitehall Court, LONDON SW1A 2EL

Information on sustainable development for voluntary organisations. Develops projects and good practice, particularly through Agenda 21.

Waste Watch 

Tel 020 7 549 0300  Fax 0207 549 0301  
56-64 Leonard Street, LONDON EC2A 4JX
Email info@wastewatch.org.uk  Website www.wastewatch.org.uk

National co-ordinating body providing training and advice for existing and potential community groups interested in waste prevention, reduction, reuse and recycling.  Works with local and national government, promoting environmental benefits of waste minimisation on society and the economy.  Aims for positive change in attitudes and behaviour to producing and managing waste.  Runs seminars and conferences, and produces regular newsletters and information sheets.  Developed KAT (Kerbside Analysis Tool) to help councils assess the cost and practicality of different kerbside collection options, including recycling on estates.  Wasteline is a service answering questions on all aspects of waste.  Waste Watch's London network of Waste Alert Clubs help both to save businesses money and reduce waste.  The website
www.wasteonline.org.uk is a useful source of information on the waste industry.  The website www.recycledproducts.org.uk includes a database of products with recycled content - formerly compiled and maintained by Waste Watch, and originally called Buy Recycled, it is now run by WRAP (below).  Has own Communications Consultancy which reduces actual waste (Tel 020 7549 0328, kathryn@wastewatch.org.uk).  (Updated Sep 2005)

Waste Web

Web Site

Website set up for the waste industry as a centre for information and exchange of views.  Developed in association with SWAP Recycling.

Women's Environmental Network
Tel 0207 247 3327 Fax 0207 247 4740
87 Worship Street, LONDON EC2A 2BE

Initiated Waste Minimisation Bill.  Report and advice enables councils to work with hospitals and nappy services to cut the 4% of household waste from disposable nappies.  Expertise on preventing other wastes; and on alternatives to wasteful products.  Other campaigns encompass breast cancer, food transport, biotechnology and sanitary protection.  WEN has individual members, affiliates, and active local groups.  Enquiries please send sae.