Enovert Community Trust’s story
Waste management companies such as Enovert can also use a portion of the Landfill Tax (levied by government on the disposal of waste to landfill and disbursed through the Landfill Communities Fund, LCF) to support a wide range of environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites. The Landfill Tax itself aims to encourage waste producers to produce less waste, recover more value from waste, for example through recycling or composting, and to use more environmentally friendly methods of waste disposal.
Enovert Community Trust (ECT) operates under the rules of the LCF, receiving an income of landfill tax credits from Enovert of approximately over £2.5 million a year. ECT allocates these funds to high-quality projects, with a view to making as many grants as possible. As a result of the Landfill Communities Fund scheme, ECT has distributed more than £30 million in grants to local community and environmental projects since its inception.
Useful learnings from ECT
Organisations like Enovert Community Trust, and the many groups ECT comes into contact with through the Landfill Communities Fund, can make a significant, positive impact on hard-pressed communities locally by providing public amenities, improving energy efficiency and protecting habitats.
The LCF operates in a diverse range of communities and regions, many of which suffer from high instances of deprivation. Many LCF projects work directly to tackle deprivation by providing community assets and delivering schemes to improve social cohesion and community wellbeing. These projects are integral to the ‘green agenda’ and are intended to alleviate the financial and social hardships that people suffer from the ever-worsening effects of climate change.
Impact of projects in reducing social deprivation and environmental harm.
Helping to create and/or maintain jobs in local communities.