This city-wide reusable 'returnable' cup scheme is the final of eight projects to secure funding from the £1million Ecosurety Exploration Fund.
The Bristol Refill Cup Scheme is led by the environmental charity, City to Sea, and is designed to prevent 250,000 single-use hot drink cups from entering the waste stream every day. The scheme will enable consumers to ‘borrow’ a reusable takeaway cup from a café and then return it so it can be reused.
The project will act as a pilot to better understand the most effective way to operate the system and engage the public before rolling it out in other major cities across the country in the future.
Empowering and connecting rural communities through reuse and repair.
The Fixy project, previously known as the Somerset Repair Bus Project, helps to coordinate, facilitate and raise awareness of electrical repair and reuse across rural communities.
Led by Resource Futures, this project is set to raise the standard and visibility of these activities across the region and share a blueprint of best practices for other regions to follow.
Zero avoidable packaging waste in construction.
The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products is leading this project to research and develop scalable solutions to help combat avoidable packaging waste in construction, a sector that is the second-highest consumer of plastics, much of which is not recycled.
The project will link with real-world construction projects to build case studies and offer future training and guidance that will demonstrate the positive actions the whole supply chain and sector can take.
Recycling plastic packaging contaminated with residual food waste.
Huge quantities of plastic packaging separated from food waste during anaerobic digestion processing ends up heavily contaminated with food waste residues that result in it being landfilled.
This project led by South West College in Northern Ireland is leading research into a novel process to efficiently remove the food waste from plastic packaging without using large quantities of water. Once separated, the aim is for both the food and the plastic to be effectively treated and recycled.
Alleviating poverty through electricals reuse.
The Fit for reuse project will help tackle the growing mountain of old or unused electricals being recycled or landfilled, providing more high quality, repaired electrical goods to the people that really need them.
Led by the Reuse Network, this project is set to move significantly more EEE up the waste hierarchy.
Accelerating flexible plastic film recycling.
Led by Impact Recycling, the BOSS 2D project is building on proven innovation used to sort rigid plastics, to vastly improve the recycling of flexible plastic film.
If the vast array of flexible plastic film types used as packaging wrappers can be accurately and efficiently sorted into uncontaminated, material specific waste streams, they can be recycled instead of incinerated.
BOSS 2D will enable that to happen for the first time.
The Maximising recycling from purpose-built flats project is working to address an age-old problem - how to increase capture and quality of recyclable materials from households that don't have standard kerbside collections.
Led by ReLondon (formerly the London Waste and Recycling Board), this project will trial new interventions and infrastructure with the results and key learnings shared widely to they can be easily replicated.
Closing the loop on lithium-ion batteries.
Lithium-ion battery technology is likely to be the keystone in moving our society to a greener, more sustainable future.
However, without effective and environmentally friendly recycling technology in place, we are fast approaching a significant problem due to the scarcity of raw materials and destructive mining techniques.
Led by Impact Solutions, CellMine could prove to be the Holy Grail solution.
Margaret is Executive Director of OPRL and a visiting professor of Sustainable Wastes Management at the University of Northampton.
Margaret has a PhD in landfill microbiology having worked in wastes and resource management for over 30 years. She is also a fellow of CIWM, a fellow of IOM3, an International Wastes Manager and a Chartered Environmentalist.
Mark Miodownik is the UCL Professor of Materials & Society. For more than twenty years he has championed materials science research that links to the arts and humanities, medicine, and society. This culminated in the establishment of the UCL Institute of Making, where he is a director and runs the research programme. Mark also recently set up the Plastic Waste Innovation Hub to carry our research into solving the environmental catastrophe of plastic waste.
Mark is the multi-award winning author of New York Times bestselling book Stuff Matters and he regularly presents BBC TV and radio programmes on materials science and engineering including the Dare to repair series on BBC Radio 4. In 2014 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and in 2018 he was awarded an MBE for services to materials science, engineering and broadcasting.
As well as working on the Eliminating Waste workstream of the Tesco partnership, at the World Wildlife Fund UK Paula provides internal and external technical expertise on materials issues including plastics, with her policy and advocacy work focusing more broadly on resources and waste.
She is the current chair of the Wildlife and Countryside Link’s Resources and Waste Working Group and sits on several advisory groups including UKRI’s Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Advisory Group. Her background is in packaging and product development, working at several touchpoints of the packaging supply chain and within FMCG and retail for over 20 years at businesses including Proctor & Gamble, Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer and Pret.
Following a career in Quality Assurance within Aerospace Engineering, Paul has worked within retail quality assurance and compliance for over 20 years.
Today, Paul heads up the Quality Assurance Team at Toolstation, who have around 500 stores. Toolstation being one of the fastest growing retailers, his role covers quality assurance, legal compliance, ethical sourcing and environment with environmental, social, and corporate governance and sustainability being the central to his role. Toolstation is part of Travis Perkins PLC the UK's largest builders merchant and Paul is part of the Responsible Sourcing team.
Stuart is a recognised expert, leader and innovator across sustainability, packaging and global food supply chains with in-depth knowledge and experience in sustainable sourcing and packaging strategies across the retail and manufacturing sectors.
He is also a non-executive director at OPRL, having been involved at director level since its inception in 2009 while he was Head of Packaging at Sainsbury’s.
Michelle is responsible for leading the company’s sustainability strategy and implementation plans across the region, setting inspirational goals to help the company realise its vision of Growing for Good. Michelle has aligned the company’s action on sustainability to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and drives results for the benefit of the environment and society.
She has also implemented the health and wellbeing plan for Suntory Beverage and Food GBI and spearheaded the company’s first movement fund, resulting in the development of B Active, a programme which aims to improve the lives and prospects of young people aged 16 to 24 through access to sport and physical activity.