£209m funding for Smart sustainable plastic packaging solutions


4th February 2021

The smart sustainable plastic packaging (SSPP) challenge will establish the UK as a leader in smart sustainable packaging and support a reduction in waste entering the environment.

In total it will fund up to £60 million to support academic-led research to address known problems and to support industry-led collaborative research and development of new technologies, matched by £149 million from industry.

The challenge aims to:

  • tackle the environmental impact of plastic packaging through the development of a more sustainable plastic packaging supply chain in the UK
  • drive research and innovation to develop more sustainable plastic packaging materials and designs, and enable new recycling processes and infrastructure
  • encourage collaboration and innovation in integrated circular supply chains using insights into consumer behaviour to reduce the environmental impacts of plastic packaging.

Read more about UKRI business funding opportunities and networking.

Projects so far

Funded projects include:

Read more about the projects (Innovate UK blog).

Next steps

Two funding opportunities are opening next year:

  • SSPP demonstrator round 2 (open from February 2021) can provide funding of up to £12 million per project for large-scale commercial demonstrator projects, including first of a kind infrastructure or large-scale commercial trials of new packaging technology or systems.
  • SSPP business-led research and development competition (open from March 2021) will provide funding of up to £4 million per project.

Sign up to find out more about upcoming SSPP competitions (UK Circular Plastics Network).

Circular Tayside

Circular Tayside is delivered by Zero Waste Scotland, Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce and Perthshire Chamber of Commerce. Circular Tayside is an initiative that: Raises awareness of the circular economy, the role the local businesses have to play in it, and how they will benefit. Facilitates collaboration amongst the local business community to enable our circular economy to develop. Supports individual businesses as they begin to identify and implement new and innovative approaches to businesses that support a transition to a circular economy Brings together a group of Circular Tayside Ambassadors who will be leaders in their sectors and champions of the circular economy.

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