Plastics Packaging and Textile Recycling Grants – Funding Opportunity

Closing date for applications for Stage 1 Outline Proposals – 13.00 on 2 August 2019.

The outcome of the assessment for Stage 1 will be announced the week commencing 18 September.


This grant will support projects that provide new infrastructure and technologies which significantly increase recycling capacity for difficult to recycle plastic packaging or textile materials.

WRAP is looking for organisations that are creating new methods of recycling plastics or textiles in England. The project must demonstrate that it goes beyond ‘state of the art’ i.e. beyond current industry norm, and it must have a measurable impact, e.g. in terms of quantity in tonnes, of plastics or textiles collected.

Eligible projects

The following activities are eligible for support under this grant:

Lot 1 – Plastics recycling:

  • Wash plants
  • Extrusion
  • Innovative sorting / Segregation equipment
  • Sorting software (Artificial Intelligence / NIR auto sort)
  • Smart marker systems
  • Conveyor systems
  • Weighbridge and load equipment
  • Infrastructure – bays, buildings
  • Storage / containers / shelving

Lot 2 – Textiles recycling:

  • Plant / Machinery
  • Tools or technology/software that helps disassemble and sort textile materials
  • Automated processes for removing unwanted items from clothing prior to recycling (e.g. zips, studs)
  • Automated sorting processes for used textiles by fibre type, and/or by colour


More information here.