WRAP Cymru Launches Small-Scale Reprocessing and Re-use Grants

15th August 2013
  • Up to €200,000 for SMEs investing in small-scale reprocessing infrastructure or equipment
  • Business re-use collection services handling textiles, furniture and waste electricals and electronics (WEEE)  eligible for grants the first time

 

More Welsh businesses are to receive grants, more jobs will be created, and less rubbish will be sent to landfill, thanks to new support announced by WRAP Cymru today.

Funding of up to €200,000 is now available for small and medium businesses (SMEs) investing in small-scale reprocessing infrastructure or equipment.

In addition funding of up to £50,000 is on offer to SMEs providing commercial re-use collections.

The support is part of WRAP Cymru’s ARID programme, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. Support focuses on Wales’ Convergence Region, (North West Wales, West Wales and the South Wales Valleys) where there is a need for greater economic development and regeneration.

ARID already provides awards of £500,000 or more for large scale reprocessing infrastructure, as well up to £50,000 for commercial collections and bring sites. It also supports the development of a domestic market for quality recyclate through grants for manufacturers using recycled content.  

By 2015 the ARID programme will have:

·         Provided grants for 63 businesses

·         Created 106 jobs

·         Reduced, reused or recycled 326,220 tonnes of waste

·         Avoided 243,380 tonnes of CO2

WRAP Cymru European Projects Manager Bettina Gilbert said:

“Since we launched the ARID programme in 2011 we’ve had enquiries from businesses which we couldn’t help because they worked in re-use, or because the amount of funding they needed was below the threshold for our large infrastructure grant.

“I’m pleased to announce that we’re now able to provide funding of up to the equivalent of €200,000 for smaller projects. We are also continuing to support larger projects, and have applications for large-scale grants worth a total of £3 million under consideration at this time. 

“In addition, re-use collection services for businesses handling textiles, furniture and WEEE are now eligible for funding, which means businesses will be able to have items such as office furniture, uniforms or electrical equipment collected for re-use.  This will also help lower start-up costs for businesses, since they’ll be able to buy reused equipment rather than new.

“These changes mean we’ll be supporting more businesses, creating more new sustainable jobs, diverting more waste from landfill and preventing more CO2 emissions. They demonstrate that WRAP Cymru is serious about meeting Welsh businesses’ needs and helping them reap the benefits of the circular economy”

To be eligible for any of the grants, businesses must:

·         Be based in North West Wales, West Wales or the South Wales Valleys

·         Have a turnover of less than €50 million and fewer than 250 employees

·         Work with commercial or industrial waste

·         Apply for funds equivalent to no more than 40 per cent of total capital costs

To download an application form visit http://www.wrapcymru.org.uk/content/arid-%E2%80%93-small-scale-reprocessing-facilities-fund-wmd0024 or contact Bettina on bettina.gilbert@wrap.org.uk 029 2044 8090 for further information.