Funds on offer to environmental SMEs, Glass firms partner, Clothes collections drive SATCoL to record year
Funds on offer to environmental SMEs
Product development contractor Pera Technology has launched a competition to provide companies in the environmental sector with up to £2m R&D funding.
The competition is designed to help SMEs who have struggled to finance new product development programmes during the recession and are now looking to develop commercial prototypes.
The 10 chosen businesses will receive a fully funded application to the European Union’s Horizon 2020 science and innovation fund, which launched this year and provides grants of between £400,000 and £2m to turn new product ideas into commercial prototypes. Once a prototype is developed, Horizon 2020 will give SMEs access to potential investors from across Europe and further afield.
Glass firms partner
Glass manufacturer Ardagh has agreed a 15-year partnership with Yorkshire-based glass recycler Reuse to help increase recycling.
The two companies’ first piece of work together has been to invest £5m in new sorting and separation technology that comprises a four stage process.
Firstly, medium sized organic and loose ferrous metals are removed before a drying secion removes dust and smaller materials. Thirdly, residual metallic, leaded glass and materials that burn at much higher temperatures than container glass such as pyrex are removed.
The final stage subjects the remaining material to thorough cleaning before it is separated by colour, then sold back to Ardagh.
Mark Wilson, head of production at Reuse said: “With recent changes over the past few years in the way waste glass is collected, moving away from bottle banks to commingled household (kerbside) collections, the main challenge we faced was to find better ways of separating the glass from other recyclables, and then re-processing it into quality colour separated cullet.”
Clothes collections drive SATCoL to record year
The Salvation Army Trading Company (SATCol) has announced a record year after its clothing collection schemes and charity shops raised £10.1m for the Salvation Army.
Over the course of the year the organisation increased its number of clothing banks from 5,200 to 6,500 and delivered 400,000 clothing collection bags to UK households each week.
Managing director Trevor Caffull said: “It’s very encouraging to see that our businesses are thriving as a result of consumers embracing charity shops and clothing reuse and recycling. SATCoL will continue to expand in the UK so it’s a very exciting time for us; we hope to be able to set another fundraising record next year.”