A quarter of a million pounds is now available from the European Metal Recycling (EMR) scheme Reload — aimed at extracting more metal packaging waste from the household waste stream.
Now in its third year, Reload hopes to help move the UK towards meeting the requirements of the European Packaging Waste Directive, which has set the target that 50% of all metal packaging waste be recycled by the end of 2008.
Last year’s Reload fund of £160,000 was split between 11 local authorities in the UK. But this year the fund will also be open to businesses.
Successful local authority applicants will be awarded a maximum of £60,000 to fund projects that are either totally or partially focused on recovering metal packaging.
EMR managing director Colin Iles said: “Reload provides local authorities, and for the first time businesses, with an excellent opportunity to get a head start in helping the UK meet impending recycling targets.”
Funding applications can be done online at www.emrltd.com