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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.


Our 2020 funding round for technical research is now open

We are looking for proposals aimed at tackling some of the major challenges to electrical recycling in the UK identified in our report Electrical Waste: Challenges and Opportunities. For more information and to apply, first register for an account and ensure you pick user type as ‘Technical research funding applicant’.

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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.

Our most recent funding round for projects aimed at expansion of recycling services is now closed

To hear about future funding rounds, please register for updates below.

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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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