The FCC Communities Foundation, a not for profit environmental body seeking to fund good quality, grass roots community projects across England and Scotland has been launched.
This will be implemented through the Landfill Communities Fund and Scottish Landfill Communities Fund.
The newly re-named business has said that it aims to build on the success of its predecessor, WREN, while continuing to improve its links with FCC Environment, the firm that generated the funding that the Foundation manages and distributes.
FCC Communities Foundation is limited by guarantee registered to fund projects which are eligible under the Landfill Communities Fund and Scottish Landfill Communities Fund.
The Foundation receives its funding from the landfill tax levied by FCC Environment, following the introduction of the Landfill Tax.
Landfill tax is collected from landfill site operators and is designed to push waste up the waste hierarchy into more efficient uses, such as recycling.
Part of the tax can be diverted into the Landfill Communities Fund, where it is set aside to fund projects located within a 10-mile radius of active landfill sites.
Since its inception in 1997, the Foundation has awarded over £250 million to many projects including The National Centre for Writing based at Dragon Hall in Norwich, the redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery, and the War Horse project at Featherstone near Wakefield, which saw the installation of a sculpture as a memorial to the 353 servicemen from the town who lost their lives in WW1.
FCC Communities Foundation chair Gary Allen said: “The launch of the rebranded business is an important step forward and is the final phase of an extensive programme of restructuring. It positions the company more directly in line with FCC Environment, who we manage and distribute funding on behalf of through the Landfill Communities Fund, something which can only be positive for both our businesses.”
FCC Environment head of external affairs Julie Fourcade said: “As one of the UK’s leading waste and resource businesses, we seek to maximise the value of the material that we collect recycling as much as we can. But it is a reality that for some materials, landfill is the only option and so we run a professional landfill business operating under license from the Environment Agency.
“FCC Communities Foundation allows us to, indirectly, give back to the communities in which we operate by funding worthy projects and demonstrating community value. To have the new company named so as to more closely align to our core business will only be a good thing.”