Defra to support innovative programmes through Litter Innovation Fund

Defra to support innovative programmes through Litter Innovation Fund

Just under £500,000 in government funding will be awarded to community projects tackling litter in the UK in new and interesting ways, Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey has announced.

Created as part of the government’s Litter Strategy for England, which was launched in April, the Litter Innovation Fund will support the development of innovative approaches to tackling litter, from behavioural research to digital technology.

£778 million was spent cleaning English streets in 2015/16, according to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), which is co-funding the programme with the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).

The £450,000 fund is seeking to enable local authorities, community groups, charities, and small and medium-sized enterprises to create innovative solutions. Groups can apply for a maximum of £10,000 per project, while £45,000 of the fund will be exclusively dedicated to projects designed to address marine littering and help prevent the amount of plastic entering our oceans.