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Entrepreneurs sought for circular economy ideas

Entrepreneurs have until 17 August to submit technology-based ideas for a competition at this year’s RWM involving the reuse, repair or recycling of materials.

The London Waste and Recycling Board (Lwarb) has teamed up with Suez to host the #CEhack17 event on 13 September.

Itaims to back new technologies that could help consumers make more educated decisions so that product design and waste management are more joined-up and efficient.

The event is open to entrepreneurs with an emerging concept as well as start-ups and small businesses that are developing a technology.

Innovations could address (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Helping consumers decide to buy products that can be repaired, exchanged or recycled
  • Apps that help with the collection of small volume or specialist waste or redundant products, for example coffee capsules
  • Information as to how materials can be recycled, and whether local municipal collection services can collect and recycle those materials
  • Engaging 18 to 34-year-olds with recycling, possibly through gamification or reward schemes

Applicants have to complete an outline application form and submit an outline proposal to Lwarb by 5pm, 17 August.

Those successful will be invited to a pitch day in London on 31 August, where five finalists will be chosen to attend a final showdown at the RWM conference.

The finalists will receive a day of mentoring and support from industry experts before pitching at the Circular Economy Connect Theatre for a £7,000 prize.


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