£8 million PRIF-funded research projects to reduce the impact of plastics on the planet
The Science Minister, Chris Skidmore, has announced eight new research projects to explore new ways of making, using and recycling plastics. The eight projects were successful in the Creative Circular Economy Approaches to Eliminate Plastics Waste competition. These projects are funded through the Plastics and Research Innovation Fund (PRIF), which is managed by UK Research and Innovation, with the overall aim of reducing the impact our plastics have on the environment.
The eight universities involved are the The University of Exeter, The University of Manchester, University College London, University of Hull, University of Cambridge, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Sheffield, and Imperial College London.
The projects are to together engage the country’s best scientists and innovators to move the country towards more circular economic and sustainable approaches to plastics. Researchers will investigate alternatives to fossil-based materials for plastics, will look into factors involved in the life cycle of plastic materials and how to best utilise technology to reclaim or break down plastics.