WRAP announces UKRI competition Round 2 for plastic waste solution

8 July 2020 (Last Updated July 8th, 2020 16:10)

Sustainability charity WRAP has launched Round 2 of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) competition.

Sustainability charity WRAP has launched Round 2 of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) competition.

The latest funding was announced during an online workshop hosted by Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and UK Circular Plastics Network (UKCPN).

This is part of the UK Circular Plastics Flagship Projects grants scheme and aims at finding innovative plastic waste solutions.

As part of Round 2, projects that focus on innovative methods to apply refill infrastructure within an existing or new supply chain will receive grants between £50,000 and £150,000.

The grant for the second round is valued at £475,000.

The organisation is looking for projects with strong commercial potential to reduce the use of single use primary plastic packaging.

WRAP UK director Peter Maddox said: “The first round of this competition identified innovative projects that will bring huge benefits in terms of reducing and recycling plastic waste.

“Now we are concentrating on the crucial role that re-usable and refillable packaging formats have to play in this respect. I am excited to see what new solutions will be created as a result.”

The competition is part of the £20m Plastic Research and Innovation Fund (PRIF) and WRAP is responsible for the delivery.

The PRIF is managed by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Innovate UK on behalf of UKRI.

During the initial round, a total grant value of £920K was awarded for four projects. These are expected to be completed this year.

Application of Expression of Interest (EOI) stage for Round 2 is due to close on 6 August.

In March this year, WRAP launched a new citizen awareness campaign to combat plastic packaging.