The Waste & Resources Action Programme is offering grants worth a total of £2.3 million to recycling companies based in the West Midlands involved in diverting commercial food waste and mixed plastics away from landfill.
Firms of any size can compete for a grant available through the large scale capital programme, which is being delivered by WRAP on behalf of regional development agency Advantage West Midlands.
WRAP AWM programme manager Julia Turner said: The size of grant a business can receive will depend on the type of organisation, where it is based, and how much value for money their project represents in respect of the tonnages of waste it will divert.
To be considered, projects will need to focus on the diversion from landfill of mixed plastics waste or food waste by an Animal By-Product Regulations compliant process such as anaerobic digestion or in-vessel composting. In both cases inputs of waste should come from commercial and industrial sources.
AWM sustainable development team leader Tim Baldwin said: Since its launch in February, the WRAP AWM programme has helped many recycling companies to develop their operations, and many more are due to receive assistance in the coming months.
The large scale grants scheme will give further help to recyclers in the West Midlands, and assist the industry to increase productivity and attract new investment into the region.
For more information see: www.wrap.org.uk/funding