New grants launched to improve plastics packaging and textiles recycling

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Two new grants have been revealed today to fund capital infrastructure projects in England, which will aim to help drive the recycling of plastic packaging and textiles.  

The grants have been launched as part of the £18 million Resource Action Fund, which was introduced by Defra in May 2019, and are focused on increasing reprocessing infrastructure for plastics and textiles.  

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These funds will be managed by WRAP and will see the two sectors sharing up to £4.7 million, with applicants being able to apply for between £200,000 and £1 million.  

WRAP director Peter Maddox will be speaking at The Recycling Event on 2 July! His presentation will be on: Defining what exactly is recycled content. Find out more now: https://www.therecyclingevent.com/

The plastics grant will support pioneering new projects which will help to allow the recycling of plastic packaging including pots, tubs and trays, and films and pouches, and divert them from landfill or incineration.  

It will also help increase the recycling capacity and capability for currently difficult to recycle plastic packaging, as well as recycling plastic packaging into food and pharmaceutical grade. 

For the textiles grant, this will focus on supporting infrastructure that can better sort and process the large quantity of textiles and clothing and avoid them being discarded. It could also pave the way for the “first ever” textiles recycling plant in the UK, said WRAP. 

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 saidI 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.” 

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