The Resource Action Fund (RAF) was an £18 million fund, provided by Defra to support resource efficiency projects, with the goal of diverting, reducing, and better managing waste.


  • The Resource Action Fund supported organisations in England which aimed to reduce waste and make better use of materials.
  • Funded by Defra, RAF supported key policy outcomes in the areas of food, plastics, textiles, recycling infrastructure and litter.
  • RAF delivered both expert support in the areas of food and non-household municipal recycling and grant funding.


The Resource Action Fund projects will contribute to the achievement of Defra’s strategic objectives, as set out in the Government’s Resources & Waste Strategy (2018), to maximise resource usage and minimise waste.

Over their lifetime*, the impact of these interventions will continue to grow:

  • The 296 organisations that have received support through the Resource Action Fund are expected to divert over 180,871 tonnes of waste.
  • This is estimated to avoid over 395,228 tonnes of CO2e emissions.

This brochure highlights how RAF contributed to outcomes in these policy areas.


* Lifetime is estimated at 10 years, except for value from food waste grants where this is the six month monitoring period.

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  • Resource Action Fund Summary Report

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