Reuse Network among winners of £500K Ecosurety Exploration Fund

Posted on the 4th December 2020

Fit for Reuse - 2020 Ecosurety Exploration Fund winner

Reuse Network is delighted to be among the successful applicants to be awarded funds from Ecosurety’s Exploration Fund.

The projects, which tackle a diverse range of issues including the recyclability of post-consumer plastic film, the high level of electricals going to landfill, the low levels of recycling on urban housing estates and innovative technology for the lithium-ion battery recycling sector – were selected for their originality, viability and potential long-term impact.

Reuse Network will use these funds to publish essential guidance to reusers for the repair and reuse of waste electrical appliances.

Craig Anderson, Reuse Network CEO said: “We are very excited to have been awarded this funding. This is a much needed piece of work for the sector and we would like to thank Ecosurety for selecting our project”.

Our project: Fit for Reuse – Alleviating poverty through electricals reuse

This project will create up-to-date guidance on electrical goods repair and reuse, in line with WEEE / EEE standards. In doing this, the project can help tackle the growing mountain of old or unused electricals being recycled or sent to landfill and, through the Reuse Network, provide more high quality, repaired electrical goods to people that need them.

About the fund: Ecosurety Exploration Fund

The Ecosurety Exploration Fund was launched in November 2019 with a view to providing a visible funding route for companies, charities, not-for-profits, academic institutions and the public sector working on projects addressing the environmental challenges presented by packaging, batteries or e-waste. Offering a total of £1 million across three years, the Ecosurety Exploration Fund is the first such opportunity to be launched by a UK compliance scheme. It builds on Ecosurety’s experience in supporting innovative projects and new technologies across the waste and recycling sector.

Commenting on the winning projects, James Piper, CEO of Ecosurety said: “Our vision when we set up the Ecosurety Exploration Fund was to provide a vital springboard for projects that offer truly viable and innovative solutions to the challenges that packaging, batteries and e-waste currently pose to the environment. Not only were we were bowled over by the high calibre of entries, we were hugely encouraged to see such a diverse and exciting range of ideas. We would like to thank everyone for submitting their funding applications in what I know has been a particularly challenging year.”

James Piper continued, “Ecosurety remains committed to supporting the UK recycling and innovation sector through strategic investment. It is only by supporting projects like these will we find viable and tangible solutions to some of the most pressing issues around waste, resource use and material scarcity.”

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