Plastics Packaging and Textile Recycling Grants

Closing date for applications for Stage 1 Outline Proposals – 13.00 on 2 August 2019.

The outcome of the assessment for Stage 1 will be announced the week commencing 18 September.


This grant will support projects that provide new infrastructure and technologies which significantly increase recycling capacity for difficult to recycle plastic packaging or textile materials.

WRAP is looking for organisations that are creating new methods of recycling plastics or textiles in England. The project must demonstrate that it goes beyond ‘state of the art’ i.e. beyond current industry norm, and it must have a measurable impact, e.g. in terms of quantity in tonnes, of plastics or textiles collected.

Eligible projects

The following activities are eligible for support under this grant:

Lot 1 - Plastics recycling:

  • Wash plants
  • Extrusion
  • Innovative sorting / Segregation equipment
  • Sorting software (Artificial Intelligence / NIR auto sort)
  • Smart marker systems
  • Conveyor systems
  • Weighbridge and load equipment
  • Infrastructure – bays, buildings
  • Storage / containers / shelving

Lot 2 - Textiles recycling:

  • Plant / Machinery
  • Tools or technology/software that helps disasemble and sort textile materials
  • Automated processes for removing unwanted items from clothing prior to recycling (e.g. zips, studs)
  • Automated sorting processes for used textiles by fibre type, and/or by colour

How much funding can I apply for?

WRAP will be funding projects of between £200,000 and £1 million.

Assessing your application

Candidates will be shortlisted based on the following criteria:

  • Eligibility of applicant and project location
  • Eligibility of project activity
  • Ability to deliver the project, demonstrating timescales and experience 
  • Potential project impact, including proposed monitoring

We welcome the opportunity to work with a range of enterprises on finding solutions for plastics and textile waste recycling, and we look forward to receiving your application.

You can find out more about eligibility criteria, key dates, and instructions to apply in the guidance and FAQ documents, which can be accessed by filling in the form below. Please note, there is a separate Outline Proposal Form for plastics and textiles.

To apply for this grant and to find out more, please fill in the form below, and we will send you a link to the application documents.

We ask for your email address so that we can update you if any changes are made to the process after you have expressed an interest. Your details will be stored securely and deleted in line with WRAP’s privacy policy. We will not use your contact details for any other purpose.