Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Projects for Recycle Week

Posted on Posted on 25 Sep 2020

URKI is announcing nearly one quarter of a million pounds in funding for projects to address plastic waste and improve the UK’s recycling capabilities during Recycle Week.

The funding is being awarded as part of the Feasibility Studies for Demonstrators competition, a constituent of the ISCF Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging challenge, run on behalf of the UK government.


The projects aim to help the UK tackle the challenge of plastic pollution in the environment through the development of a more sustainable plastic packaging value chain in the UK.


Seven projects have received a share of £235K funding as part of the competition.


The funding will also be used for the projects to create proposals to enter into a follow-on demonstrator projects competition.


To be awarded funding, the projects must showcase solutions that go beyond the current state-of-the-art and deliver a more circular economy for plastic packaging.


Recycle Week

Recycle Week is celebrated annually in September, organised by WRAP under the Recycle Now brand.


This year, the theme will thank the nation for continuing to recycle despite the challenges that COVID-19 has presented, under the banner ‘Together – We Recycle.’


Registration is now open for the SSPP Future Plastic Packaging Solutions competition briefing event on 3rd November, hosted by KTN & UKCPN.


Paul Davidson, challenge director of the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging challenge, said: “Plastic is a major part of our lives and as we all grow more environmentally aware, the calls to move away from plastic to preserve the planet have become louder.

These projects have received funding so they can take their first steps to becoming demonstrator projects in the future, focused on developing ways to ensure continued use of safe, clean and readily recyclable plastic, boosting productivity and preventing disruption to business and consumers.

It is very apt this funding is being announced today. Recycle Week is a call to all of us to step up our efforts to protect the planet.”


Further information

Full list of ‘Feasibility Studies for Demonstrator’ competition winners


A Novel Separation Systtem for Waste Plastic Films – IMPACT LABORATORIES LIMITED


Unpackaged: A Circular Supply Chain solution to scale bulk in Retail – UNPACKAGED INNOVATION LTD.

Foamed biopolymer formulation for replacing expanded polystyrene and PVC in pots tubs and tray applications – WELLS PLASTICS LIMITED

Plastics to Plastic Reformation – HE3 LTD

Establishing a trade waste collection for Vegware compostable packaging in Manchester – VEGWARE LIMITED

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