Industry set to benefit from £22.5 million Government funding to reduce waste and boost recycling

13th November 2020 | Recycling

Due to £22.5 million of Government funding for five state-of-the-art research centres in London, Loughborough and Exeter, industries across the UK will be helped to tackle waste, boost recycling and build back greener from coronavirus. The research centres will explore how the reuse of waste materials in the textiles, construction, chemicals, transport, electronics and metal industries can protect the environment and boost the economy.

Emissions from the UK’s textiles industry alone are almost as high as those from cars used for private trips, and it is estimated that £140 million worth of clothing goes into landfill each year. The better reuse and recycling techniques developed by these new centres – expanding the so-called “circular economy” – will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, preserve natural resources and provide new opportunities for UK industries. Research has shown that expanding the circular economy could create up to 500,000 gross jobs by 2030.


Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng said, “We want to further the UK’s status as a world-leader in finding green solutions to industrial challenges, and projects like these are excellent examples of placing manufacturers at the forefront of the green industrial revolution. I am pleased to support these new cutting-edge research centres that will transform the way industry reuses and recycles materials – another great step forward as we build back greener from coronavirus and achieve net zero emissions by 2050”.

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said, “Creating a more circular economy for our wate and resources lies at the heart of this government’s transformative agenda for the environment, and we are committed to going further and faster to reduce, reuse and recycle more of our resources – with strong measures to enable this coming forward in our landmark Environment Bill. These new research centres will play a vital part in creating a cleaner and more sustainable economy, and help us to better protect the environment for the next generation.”

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