An £8m fund has been announced for projects to support the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
The Joint Trade Association (JTA) opened the first phase of the initiative, calling for bids for technical research projects by 30 August.
Money for the fund was generated by payments of the WEEE Directive compliance fee in 2017. In February, Defra chose the WEEE compliance fee proposal submitted by the JTA.
Further tranches of the fund will be allocated to research schemes in 2019 and 2020, with about £1m to be handed out through the three slices.
A further £4m will be invested in local projects, with councils and the Reuse Network invited to present their approaches in September.
The remaining £3m will be invested in communication and behaviour change programmes across the three years. Experts in these fields will be invited to pitch their proposals later this year.
Susanne Baker, JTA chair and head of Tech UK’s environment and compliance programme, said: “The size of this year’s fund means we can make a significant difference to how the UK’s WEEE regime operates and functions.
“There is no urgency to spend the money quickly – the focus will instead be on spending the fund carefully on projects that can deliver genuine and lasting improvements to the system, with the buy-in and support from the community of local authorities, businesses and civic society groups that manage and deal with these products at the end of life.”
Ideas for technical research projects should be sent to email@example.com by 30 August.