Ecosurety launches £1million fund to accelerate waste-reduction innovation and research

Ecosurety launches £1million fund to accelerate waste-reduction innovation and research

December 3, 2019
Press Release: Ecosurety

UK compliance scheme Ecosurety has launched a £1million innovation and research fund for UK-based projects that seek to reduce the negative impact of packaging, batteries and WEEE on the environment

The so-called ‘Ecosurety Exploration Fund’ builds on Ecosurety’s experience in supporting innovative projects and new technologies across the waste and recycling sector by providing a visible funding route for companies, charities, not-for-profits and academic institutions.

The £1million fund will be spread across three years, with individual grant applications of up to £150,000 being accepted each year and judged by an independent panel of experts. Projects must be completed within 12 months and offer measurable impacts and tangible solutions.

While Ecosurety recognizes that innovation and investment into recycling technologies for packaging, batteries and WEEE is the best direct route to increase UK recycling capacity, it is also aware of the need for reduction and re-use strategies to minimize the negative impact these products have on the environment.

On this basis, the Ecosurety Exploration Fund will be open to projects that tackle packaging, battery or electronic waste across the full life-cycle of the products – from production, use and collection through to their end-of-life treatment or re-use.

Successful applicants to the Ecosurety Exploration Fund could include innovative technologies, awareness campaigns, processes, materials or research into improving existing behaviors or systems.

All entries will be carefully considered before a long-list is compiled by Ecosurety, which will then be judged by a high-profile panel of five major producers and five independent experts from industry, non-governmental organizations and businesses.

So far this includes Peter Maddox, director at WRAP, Libby Peake, senior policy advisor at Green Alliance and Mike Barry, sustainable change maker and former director of Sustainable Business (Plan A) at Marks and Spencer.

“The launch of the Ecosurety Exploration Fund is a hugely exciting step for our company,” commented James Piper, CEO at Ecosurety. “We hope it will provide a vital springboard for projects that offer innovative solutions to the challenges that packaging, batteries and e-waste currently pose to the environment. Ecosurety remains committed to boosting recycling rates in the UK as well as playing its part in the transition to a circular waste economy. We encourage all organizations with eligible projects to apply to the Ecosurety Exploration Fund and look forward to reviewing the entries.”

“We are just waking up to the problems caused by our throwaway society in the UK and the inadequacy of our recycling systems,” offered Libby Peake from the Green Alliance, commenting on her appointment as a judge for the fund. “It’s the start of a journey that will hopefully see considerable changes in how we think about and use resources. Finding new solutions to the old problems associated with waste packaging, batteries and electricals will prove absolutely vital – and I look forward to seeing what ideas are out there.”

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