Grants launched to boost plastic and textile reprocessing infrastructure

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
The grants are part of an £18m Resources Action Fund launched by Defra

Defra has launched two new grants to fund plastic packaging and textile reprocessing infrastructure.

The grants, part of an £18 million Resource Action Fund launched by Defra last month, will see the textile and plastic sectors sharing up to £4.7 million.

They will be overseen by WRAP with applicants able to apply for grants between £200,000 and £1 million.

The plastics grant will support new projects to help the recycling of plastic packaging ranging from pots, tubs, films and pouches to food and pharmaceutical grade packaging.

The textiles grant will support infrastructure that can better sort and process the large number of textiles and clothing discarded in the UK every year and could pave the way for the first textiles recycling plant in the UK.

The Circular Economy Package has set a target of separate textile collections by 2025.

Peter Maddox, WRAP director, said: “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.”

The UK generates around 2.4 million tonnes of plastic packaging waste per year.

The grant will support the work of WRAP and its aims under the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) 2020.

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