A new scheme to enable textile waste materials to be recycled or re-used in England has been launched. Additionally, two existing food waste reduction schemes are open for longer, owing to challenges created by the coronavirus outbreak.
The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has launched a new grant scheme through its £18 million Resource Action Fund, which supports resource efficiency projects and aims to reduce waste.
The Textiles Recycling and Re-use Small-Scale Grant will support projects that enable textile waste materials to be recycled or re-used, diverting this waste from landfill or incineration, ensuring that it remains a valuable resource.
Through the scheme, WRAP is looking to support projects that demonstrate a level of innovation beyond normal industry practice. This may include new technologies, equipment not tried and tested before, or interventions that help address and overcome barriers to textile recycling or re-use. A finite budget of £1.5 million is available and grants range from £20,000 to £170,000.
WRAP has also announced that is has extended the deadlines to apply for the other two schemes which are currently open as part of the Resource Action Fund – Value from Food Waste and Citizen Food Waste Behaviour Change. The previous deadlines have been lengthened by one month, allowing applicants additional time to submit bids. This decision has been made in light of the coronavirus outbreak, acknowledging that businesses are likely to have other priorities to focus on at this time.
The Value from Food Waste scheme supports new projects that can demonstrate the commercial potential of biochemical processing options for high-volume challenging / hard-to-tackle streams of wasted food. These grants will fund both revenue and capital expenditure costs with project values of between £20,000 and £100,000.
The Citizen Food Waste Behaviour Change scheme supports projects that demonstrate new and proven citizen interventions that will encourage and influence citizens to reduce food waste. The aim is to support new, behaviour change interventions that encourage citizens to waste less food. This scheme will award grants of between £25,000 and £100,000 for both capital and revenue projects.
For the Value from Food Waste Grant, applicants must demonstrate the project will involve a collaboration between industry and a research organisation, such as a university or research institute. The lead applicant can be either entity. For the Citizen Food Waste Behaviour Change Grant, applications are open to small or medium-sized enterprises or not-for-profit and public funded organisations (such as a local authority). For the Textiles Recycling and Re-use Small-Scale Grant, funding is available to any enterprise of any size, including not-for-profit organisations.
Project activities must be based in England.
The upcoming deadlines for each scheme are as follows: