The Envirowise Resource Efficiency Advice and Support Project aimed to provide resource efficiency services to medium and large enterprises in Wales. It was designed to provide advice and support to organisations relating to: waste prevention, increased reuse of materials and increased recycling. This was carried out through specialist on-site support to organisations that were identified as having large waste outputs. In addition online support was provided to a set quota of organisations where two modules of course work were required to be completed.
M·E·L Research was commissioned to carry out an evaluation of the project with the following main objectives:
Organisations that had received the resource efficiency support from Envirowise were firstly contacted by the Welsh Government to give them notice of the forthcoming evaluation. Once notice had been given they were contacted through semi-structured telephone interviews from our in-house interviewing unit in Birmingham. The key themes of the interviews covered:
The support had a detectable impact on resource savings overall that varied by the type of organisation. It also helped all organisations who implemented resource efficiency measures to take action sooner. There was a good satisfaction rate with the support, with onsite visits being favoured.