It's a WRAP for fine glass recycling

Glass-based grits, sands and powders are the focus of the latest wave of grants from the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP)

The resource-efficiency company is looking for businesses in the fine glass recycling sector to boost with funding from its latest capital support competition.

The competition has been set up to stimulate the production of recycled fine glass such as grits, sands and powders, as well as raise the overall amount of glass recycled in the UK.

The competition offers grant aid towards the capital costs involved in creating new recycled fine glass production capacity including the purchase of land, buildings, equipment and machinery.

There is a growing demand for recycled glass products such as sports turf, clay products and filtration media.

WRAP has a target to stimulate the recycling of an additional 150,000 tonnes of glass per year into alternative markets and is hoping the grants will help industry meet that goal.

Andy Dawe, WRAP's material development manager for glass, said: "Market demand for recycled fine glass products is growing, but we need to improve glass processing capacity so that end users have confidence in a reliable supply.

"This competition will help us to ensure that these important higher-value fine glass markets are able to fully complement more established existing ones as well as help us achieve our glass recycling targets."

The funding from WRAP will be made available by means of a competitive procedure, and the level of support will be a proportion of the total project value, not exceeding 30% of the costs.

The new capacity will be expected to be operational by December 2006.

Proposals will need to demonstrate both a sustainable source of material and end markets.

Tenders must also demonstrate that the viability of the proposed investment is dependent on WRAP funding support.

Tenders must be in by the end of September.


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