“A WEEE-specific investment fund could be transformative in helping the sector to meet the challenges of recycling more small waste electricals in the future.”
Dr Richard Peagam, Associate Director, Anthesis
Anthesis is leading one of two new research projects exploring ways to improve the recycling of unwanted electrical products in the UK, backed by up to £90,000 of funding from the WEEE Fund across the projects.
The Anthesis project, Evaluating Opportunities for Establishing an Infrastructure Investment Fund for WEEE, will explore the role of a potential investment fund to enable the WEEE sector to progressively improve.
Dr Richard Peagam, Associate Director at Anthesis, said: “A WEEE-specific investment fund could be transformative in helping the sector to meet the challenges of recycling more small waste electricals in the future.”
“The sector faces a number of challenges over the coming years, which will require a considerable investment in our infrastructure. Dedicated access to funding could activate a more circular economy in the UK, which will need to be supported with robust analytics and a clear strategy to have maximum impact.”
Scott Butler, WEEE Fund Executive Director, said: “As unwanted electricals are one of the fastest growing waste streams in Europe, it’s vital that we find innovative and progressive ways to increase our recycling rates in the UK.
“Equally it’s just as important that we identify ways to grow our infrastructure for recycling unwanted electricals. The research will explore the possible role of a UK investment fund to help support this growth.
“Together these research projects will provide us with some of the knowledge to innovate the sector and support the increase in recycling rates.”