WRAP has announced the launch of a £4.7 million capital grant scheme for infrastructure projects for the recycling of plastic packaging or textile waste.
Applicants are being invited to apply for between £200,000 and £1 million in grant funding, across one of two lots.
On the plastics side projects are being sought for processing ‘difficult to recycle’ materials, which could include the PET fraction from pots, tubs and trays, films and pouches or for processing packaging into food and pharmaceutical grade polymers.
The second strand of funding is aimed at increasing capacity for sorting, handling and reprocessing of textiles.
Launching the funding today (12 June) at the Resourcing the Future conference in London, WRAP Director Peter Maddox, said: “There is a growing public alarm about the impact of plastic and textiles on our planet. To really tackle this, we have to shift from the prevailing make, use and dispose culture to a more sustainable one in which we keep resources in use as many times as human ingenuity can conceive.
“Modernisation is key to making this happen and I am delighted that this significant amount of money is being made available to unlock and enable that process. I’m really excited to see what the applicants will bring to the table.”
Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: “I encourage organisations to apply to WRAP for our multi-million pound grant to drive-up the recycling of plastics and textiles. We are committed to going further and faster to reduce, reuse, recycle and cut waste. It makes no sense economically or environmentally for these valuable materials to end up in landfill.”