Research funding aims to address 500,000 tonnes of electrical waste lost each year

14th September 2020 | Recycling

Material Focus’s report, “Electrical Waste: Challenges and Opportunities” identified that in the UK currently, 500,000 tonnes of waste electricals are lost through being thrown away, hoarded, stolen or illegally exported. A range of innovative research proposals and solutions are being considered as part of the research funding to help support the growth of recycling and reuse of waste electricals.

Scott Butler, Executive Director, Material Focus said, “The research will be vital to ensuring that we identify solutions to addressing the huge amount of electrical waste that in the UK is currently being thrown away, hoarded, stolen or illegally exported. We are seeking research proposals that provide innovative solutions to this challenge. A key component of the research will be to ensure that these solutions have buy-in from a range of stakeholders across the sector to ensure that they are practical and viable to deliver.”

Electrical Waste

This is the third round of research funding that Material Focus has launched. Material Focus funds technical research into the barriers to reuse and recycling of old electricals. Insights from this research aims to galvanise new approaches to recycling – such as innovative models of collection, better enforcement, and more efficient use of resources, with buy-in from local authorities, businesses and community groups. Material Focus is seeking a range of applications for research proposals that are in the region of £20,000 to £50,000. For more information on how to apply for research funding go to the Recycle Your Electricals website and sign up as a research applicant.

Material Focus (formerly the WEEE Fund), is a not-for-profit organisation whose goal is to stop the nation throwing away or hoarding all their old small electricals. It has launched the new UK-wide Recycle Your Electricals campaign. The campaign is revealing the value hidden in electricals and is making it easier for us all to recycle and reuse the small electricals we no longer need by providing more recycling points as well as providing practical information on how households can recycle.

More information available on the website below