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We support innovative projects that make it easier for us all to reuse and recycle our unwanted electricals.

What sort of funding could you apply for?

Material Focus offers support to organisations for two types of project: technical research and expansion of recycling services.

All too often small electricals end up in our rubbish bins, rather than being put out for recycling. We want our funds to address this by making it easier for people to recycle or donate their unwanted electricals.
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1. Technical research

We fund technical research into the barriers to reuse and recycling of old electricals. Insight from this research galvanises new approaches to recycling – such as innovative models of collection, better enforcement and more efficient use of resources.

Our focus is on projects that can deliver genuine and lasting improvements to the system, with buy-in from local authorities, businesses and community groups.

 

Read about research we have supported

We are inviting applications to tender for new research entitled: ‘A research and evaluation of suitable Metrics to measure the success of the UK’s WEEE and Waste Portable Battery systems’

This is an exciting opportunity to deliver a project intended to make a substantial contribution to the Circular Economy in the UK.

The project is set in two parts. The first is to identify potentially meaningful metrics for these sectors. The second is to develop an agreed number of these to pre-implementation.The deadline for tender proposals is by end Friday 29th April 2022.

Potential respondents should email simon@materialfocus.org.uk for the full tender brief and instructions on how to apply.

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2. Recycling and reuse services 

We invest in organisations who are expanding collection and processing services for reuse and recycling, as well as driving awareness of these services among local residents. Together these make it easier for everyone to reuse or recycle their unwanted electricals.

Since 2017 we have invested £1.5m in local authorities, charities and community organisations working to improve the collection, reuse and recycling network.

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Did you know?

1,450,000 tonnes

That’s the amount of unwanted electricals available to be reused or recycled in the UK.

But according to research commissioned by Recycle Your Electricals, at least 500,000 tonnes are being thrown away, hoarded, stolen, or illegally exported.

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