Funding Boost Gives Used Plastics New Lease on Life – Project Applications Now Open
A $10-million investment in the CleanBC Plastics Action Fund will help grow made-in-B.C. solutions to reduce plastic pollution, create new products and increase job opportunities.
The second intake of the CleanBC Plastics Action Fund will support innovative plastic waste reduction projects across the province promoting the development of a circular economy in B.C. The funding will continue to support recycling and remanufacturing of recycled plastics and will expand the Fund scope to include businesses that support plastic waste reduction through business models that support reuse, refill, sharing or repairing opportunities.
Through the expanded scope, the Fund also seeks to support projects led by Indigenous people, communities, businesses, and organizations focused on reuse, remanufacturing, or micro-recycling, to reduce plastic waste.
B.C.-based projects will be selected for the second funding intake based on their ability to reduce the use of new plastic or increase the use of post-consumer recycled plastic. Interested applicants can apply online, with successful projects being chosen beginning in late September and continuing until February 2023. All projects must be complete by Feb. 15, 2024.
The fund is an important part of the CleanBC Plastics Action Plan’s goal of reducing plastic pollution through reuse and the use of recycled plastic. Other B.C. government actions from the plan include supporting municipal bans on single-use plastics, expanding producer-funded recycling programs and funding the largest shoreline cleanup of ocean plastics in provincial history through the Clean Coast, Clean Waters initiative.
“British Columbians deeply value our environment, and we all want to find solutions to keep plastics from polluting our lands and waterways,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “By reducing plastic waste at the source through systems that reuse items and by including more recycled material in the manufacturing of products, our government is helping keep more plastics out of landfills and ecosystems, creating a better future for all of us while growing the circular economy.”
For more information about the fund or to apply for funding, visit: https://alacritycleantech.com/plasticsactionfund-phase2/