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Welcome statement - UKFT leads £4m recycling project for waste textiles

14 June 2023

WRAP is delighted to be a project partner in the UKFT led £4 million project to develop and pilot a pioneering fully-integrated, automated sorting and pre-processing demonstrator for waste textiles (ATSP), which could eventually divert thousands of tonnes from landfill each year. 

Harriet Lamb, CEO WRAP, said “We welcome this ground-breaking initiative. An automated sorting and pre-processing plant for non-rewearable textiles will bring us a step closer to commercialised fibre-to-fibre recycling in the UK, and a step away from our reliance on virgin raw materials. Textiles is fourth behind housing, transport, and food in terms of the environmental damage it causes, and this important consortium will help lighten the footprint left by our clothes. We are excited to work with UKFT, UKRI, Innovate UK and members of our Textiles 2030 voluntary agreement in supporting this bold endeavour which will bring us closer to a much needed circular economy for textiles, and more circular living.

Notes to Editor

  • WRAP is a climate action NGO working around the globe to tackle the causes of the climate crisis and give the planet a sustainable future. Our vision is a thriving world in which climate change is no longer a problem. We believe that our natural resources should not be wasted and that everything we use should be re-used and recycled. We bring together and work with governments, businesses and individuals to ensure that the world’s natural resources are used more sustainably. Our core purpose is to help tackle climate change and protect our planet by changing the way things are produced, consumed and disposed of.
  • Our work includes: UK Plastics Pact, Courtauld Commitment 2030, Textiles 2030 and the citizen campaigns Love Food Hate Waste and Recycle Now. We run Food Waste Action Week and Recycle Week.