UK Government body UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has made an investment of around €22 million (£20 million) to subsidise state-of-the-art recycling technologies in the UK.
The investment has been made as part of UKRI’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, as well as £65 million of investment from industry, and will fund four recycling plants in the UK, to be based in Teesside in northern England and Perth in Scotland.
The recycling facilities will aim to expand the range of recyclable plastics and divert waste from landfill, incineration or from being exported abroad.
Projects that were awarded funding include a PET recycling facility operated by Poseidon Plastics, a Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor operated by ReNew ELP, a chemical recycling plant by Recycling Technologies and the UK’s first dual PET bottle and tray recycling facility, to be operated by Veolia in partnership with Unilever, Charpak Ltd and HSSMI.
Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said: “By investing in these truly ground-breaking technologies we will help to drive these efforts even further, and I look forward to seeing them develop and deliver real results.”