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Funding possibilities to develop Smart waste tracking

Up to £400,000 is available to organisations for tracking the movement of waste.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is to invest up to £400,000 in projects that use digital technology to record and track the movement of waste through the economy.

The investment is part of the government’s GovTech Catalyst,  which aims to encourage businesses to come up with smart solutions to public sector challenges.

Better management of data and processes

In the last report entitiled ‘UK statistics on waste’, the UK was estimated to have generated more than 200 million tonnes in a year.

Processes for disposing of this waste are sometimes fragmented and often duplicated. Defra wants to know more about the waste being generated, how it is handled and disposed in order to maximise value from resources, improve UK productivity and minimise damage to the environment.

Funding for the competition is under SBRI (the Small Business Research Initiative), which aims to bring together government and businesses to find innovative solutions to public sector challenges.

Projects should develop ideas for tracking individual movements of waste through the economy including: the point of generation or collection; who is handling the waste; how and where it is treated and; the outputs from these processes and where these end up.

Applications should be able to deal with the challenge of an estimated 23 million waste transactions across more than 100,000 regulated sites and 100,000 waste carriers.

This competition is in 2 phases. Phase 1 is for contracts of up to £80,000 to examine the feasibility of ideas. The best ideas could win a share of up to £1 million to develop and field test a prototype in a second phase.

It is expected that phase 1 contracts to be worth up to £80,000 and to last up to 3 months and successful projects will attract 100% funded development contracts.

The deadline for registration is at midday on 18 July 2018 and is open to organisations that can demonstrate a route to market for its idea. 

For your opportunity to gain funding for your organisation, visit register and apply.


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