WRAP launches £1.5m textiles fund

Written by: Maddie Ballard | Published:
More than 300,000 tonnes of clothing are sent to landfill or incineration every year in the UK

WRAP is offering a total of £1.5m in grants to support textile recycling or reuse, in an effort to develop a circular economy for textiles.

The grants are available to commercial and not-for-profit organisations of any size and are worth between £20,000 and £170,000.

To win a grant, a project must fit a range of criteria, including demonstrating “innovation beyond normal practice”.

The funds are intended for capital expenditure only – that is, for either equipment or technologies (excluding software and apps) that enable textile recycling or reuse.

Projects also require match funding: 10% from not-for-profits and 50% from commercial organisations.

The money comes from Defra’s £18m Resource Action Fund, which supports resource efficiency projects across the board.

Peter Maddox, director at WRAP UK, said: “We’re looking for really imaginative solutions to the barriers to textile recycling and reuse, such as new technologies, interventions, or equipment that hasn’t been tried and tested before.

“We have had a tremendous response to previous Resource Action Fund grant funding offers, and I confidently expect a similar level of quality applications for this offer.”

Existing markets for recycled textiles are small-scale, with little innovation or growth potential, and more than 300,000 tonnes of clothing are sent to landfill or incineration every year in the UK.

However increased textile collection and reprocessing is needed to help the UK deliver the Resources and Waste Strategy and Circular Economy Packaging objectives – including the requirement for separate textile collections by 2025.

Applications can be made for a grant up to 18 June 2020.

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