Waitrose offers £1m for plastic waste reduction projects

UK supermarket Waitrose has launched a £1-million fund for projects designed to tackle plastic pollution.

The money comes from the retailer’s five pence plastic bag charges and will be split into grants of between £150,000 and £300,000. Charities, academic bodies, community interest companies, social enterprises, schools and colleges and all encouraged to apply for a grant.

Areas to be focused on are: education, behaviour change, microplastics, food and farming, and plastics in the community – meaning projects that combine plastics recycling with a community benefit.

The fund, called ‘Plan Plastics – The Million Pound Challenge’, is being run in partnership with behaviour change charity Hubbub, which will be supporting and assessing the successful projects.