New £250,000 grant fund for ideas to boost recycling of crisp packets

New £250,000 grant fund for ideas to boost recycling of crisp packets
Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events

Posted: Mon 20th Feb 2023

Eco-friendly entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply for grants of up to £50,000 for projects that help with the recycling of flexible plastic packaging.

Flexible plastic packaging is any material which can be scrunched up by hand with little effort. That includes cling film, crisp packets and pouches.

With an estimated 895,000 tonnes placed on the UK market each year, flexible plastic packaging accounts for almost a quarter of all consumer plastic packaging.

On average, a typical household creates waste of 70 flexible plastic packaging items per week, equivalent to 292g of waste.

Household collection for the material is not common in the UK, although drop off points are available in many large supermarkets and collection from home is being piloted by some local authorities.

Despite that, only 6% of UK flexible plastic packaging is currently recycled.

The new fund from Innovate UK is aimed at ideas to encourage more household recycling of the material including the creation of a user-friendly in-home container.

Grants of between £25,000 and £50,000 are available for projects that last between three and six months, start by 1 September 2023 and end by 29 February 2024.

Organisations can be a UK registered business of any size, a charity or not for profit.

Applicants open on 27 February and close on 12 April at 11am. Full details are here and there is an online briefing about the fund on 22 February at 9am.

The fund is part of the wider smart sustainable plastic packaging challenge, a £60m five-year programme covering sustainable plastics research and innovation.

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Realising the Remarkable: Apply for a £7,500 grant

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Small business grants: Where to find them and how to apply

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Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events
I'm a freelance journalist and event host who helps small businesses and the organisations that support them. I'm also Enterprise Nation's news reporter and Bristol Local Leader. I have 20 years of experience as a small business journalist having interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from famous names like Sir Richard Branson and Deborah Meaden to the founders behind brand new start-ups. I've worked for a range of leading small business publications and support groups, most recently as head of content at Enterprise Nation where I was responsible for the prolific output of content on the company's blog and social media. I now freelance for Enterprise Nation as the website's news reporter and as the host of the Small Business sessions podcast. I'm based in Bristol where I run and host regular events with the local small business community in my role as Enterprise Nation's Local Leader for Bristol. I also have strong connections with other major business organisations in the south west region. In total, I've hosted over 100 events including conferences with an audience of hundreds for international brands like Xero and Facebook and live web chats from inside 10 Downing Street. With my partner, I co-run Lifestyle District, a lifestyle blog focused on culture, art, theatre and photography.

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