Clean tech start-up Dsposal, has announced that it has been awarded a five-figure Government contract to help combat waste crime.
The Manchester-based company was set up by its chief executive Tom Passmore and its chief operating officer Sophie Walker in March 2018. Its aim was to make it easy for people to find the right place for their waste and tackle national fly tipping.
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Dsposal has won an £80,000 contract to research how to develop a smart tracking system for the UK.
It is one of five companies across the UK to have been awarded this contract, as the Government wants to know more about how this waste is generated, handled, and disposed of in the UK.
By helping UK regulators take action against this crime and look for opportunities for firms to join up waste operations, it is hoped this will help maximise the value of waste as a resource and reduce the damage to the environment.
The company is also in the running to be one of two potential projects that could be chosen for an additional £500,000 of second phase funding under the new GovTech Catalyst scheme.
Dsposal co-founder and chief operations officer Sophie Walker said: “Dsposal is the first interconnected, collaborative waste management platform for everyone. We’re on a mission to help tackle waste crime, promote waste as a valuable resource and drive the circular economy.
“Winning this contract is a testament to all the work that we’ve put in and reassures us that we’re on the right track. It’s a huge challenge, the waste industry is very complex, but it’s also an enormous opportunity. We need to be bold and use this chance to do something transformative. Waste is in the public eye like never before and we must seize this chance to deliver solutions that move the country towards resource efficiency and help us deliver on the Government’s ambitious Resources and Waste Strategy.”
Environment Minister Therese Coffey said: “We want to move towards a more circular economy, where waste is valued as a resource and reused. We are also committed to cracking down on waste criminals who exploit the system.
“Congratulations to the winning projects. I look forward to seeing their innovative waste tracking solutions which will help us to meet these ambitions, and play their part in helping us achieve zero avoidable waste in the UK by 2050.”