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WRAP's £1.5-mn grant fund to support textiles projects

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Mar '20
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The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), a UK-registered charity organisation, is offering £1.5 million in grants to support projects that provide innovative ways for textile waste to be recycled or re-used, keeping it out of landfill or incineration so that it remains a valuable resource. The money is part of the department for environment, food and rural affairs’ £18 million Resource Action Fund, set up to support key priority policy areas.

WRAP works with governments, businesses and citizens to create a world in which we source and use resources sustainably.

The grants, of between £20,000 and £170,000, are available to organisations of any size, both commercial and not-for-profit. The money is for capital expenditure only; either for equipment or technologies (excluding software and apps) that enable recycling or re-use of clothing or linen waste textiles.

Each project will require match funding: 10 per cent from not-for-profit and 50 per cent from commercial organisations. Successful projects will need to demonstrate ‘innovation beyond normal practice’ and will be assessed against a number of criteria, WRAP said in a press release.

Increased textiles collection and reprocessing is required in the United Kingdom to help deliver the Resource and Waste Strategy (R&WS) and the Circular Economy Package (CEP) objectives. Existing markets for recycled textiles are small scale and traditional, with little innovation or growth potential.

To meet the requirement for separate collections of textiles by 2025, new processes and markets need to be found, to avoid separately collected items simply being discarded. In addition, feedback from the textiles recycling sector suggests that export markets may diminish over time as other countries increase their exports of used textiles.

The aim of this grant fund is to address the need for increased capacity, sorting, handling, and reprocessing textiles from municipal sources, WRAP added.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (DS)


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