A £4.7 million government fund has been launched to drive up the recycling of hard-to-recycle materials in England.
The government is inviting organisations to apply for funding under a new multi-million pound grant scheme to help boost the recycling of plastic packaging and textiles.
The Plastics Packaging and Textile Recycling Grants scheme is part of the £18 million Resource Action Fund, which has been established by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to support resource efficiency projects, with the goal of diverting, reducing and better managing waste.
Organisations in England can apply for funding for innovative solutions to drive up the recycling of hard-to-recycle plastic packaging such as plastic trays, pots and tubs, plastic films and pouches, as well as funding for innovative projects that boost the recycling of textiles when they have reached the end of their life.
For plastics this could include innovative sorting or segregation equipment, and smarter systems to enable sorting of different polymers. For textiles this could include machinery for recycling textiles, technology for disassembling or sorting textiles, automated processes for removing items from textiles such as zips, and technology to sort textiles by fibre type and colour.
Through the programme, WRAP will be offering grants of between £200,000 and £1 million.
To be eligible, applicants must be a legal registered entity operating or planning to operate in England. They must be able to demonstrate that they can secure a regular supply of plastic packaging waste or textiles waste materials (clothing and linens only) that can be recycled as part of their operation.
Launching the scheme, Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said:
“We are committed to going further and faster to reduce, reuse, recycle and cut waste. Valuable waste ending up in landfill makes no sense environmentally or economically.
“We are making progress but there is more to do, and I encourage organisations to apply for our multi-million pound grant to drive-up the recycling of these valuable materials.”
The deadline for applications to be submitted is 2 August 2019.