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Plastics Packaging Recycling (RAF500)

***This grant is now closed for applications***

This grant will support projects that provide new infrastructure and technologies which significantly increase recycling capacity for difficult to recycle plastic packaging or textile materials.

WRAP is looking for organisations that are creating new methods of recycling plastics or textiles in England. The project must demonstrate that it goes beyond ‘state of the art’ i.e. beyond current industry norm, and it must have a measurable impact, e.g. in terms of quantity in tonnes, of plastics or textiles collected.

Eligible projects

The following activities are eligible for support under this grant:

Lot 1 - Plastics recycling

  • Wash plants
  • Extrusion
  • Innovative sorting / Segregation equipment
  • Sorting software (Artificial Intelligence / NIR auto sort)
  • Smart marker systems
  • Conveyor systems
  • Weighbridge and load equipment
  • Infrastructure – bays, buildings
  • Storage / containers / shelving

Lot 2 - Textiles recycling

  • Plant / Machinery
  • Tools or technology/software that helps disassemble and sort textile materials

  • Automated processes for removing unwanted items from clothing prior to recycling (e.g. zips, studs)
  • Automated sorting processes for used textiles by fibre type, and/or by colour

How much funding can I apply for?

WRAP will be funding projects of between £200,000 and £1 million.

Assessing your application

Candidates will be shortlisted based on the following criteria:

  • Eligibility of applicant and project location
  • Eligibility of project activity
  • Ability to deliver the project, demonstrating timescales and experience 
  • Potential project impact, including proposed monitoring

We welcome the opportunity to work with a range of enterprises on finding solutions for plastics and textile waste recycling, and we look forward to receiving your application.


***This grant is now closed to applications***

Grant recipients

Grant recipient Location Grant value Project overview
Impact Recycling Limited North East £387,350  
Chase Plastics Limited East of England £1,000,000  
J and A Young (Leicester) Limited – T/A Jayplas East Midlands £1,000,000  
British Polythene Ltd – T/A BPI Recycled Products  West Midlands £388,357  
  Total: £2,775,707