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Marine plastics hub attracts business R&D

The consumer goods company Unilever and supermarket chain Waitrose are among the businesses that have committed funding to a government-backed hub for research into preventing plastics from polluting the oceans.

Unilever will invest £5 million in the centre, which will bring together researchers from the UK, Canada, India and other Commonwealth countries. Waitrose has committed £500,000 to the project, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said on 9 May.

Other organisations have committed in-kind support including access to facilities and expertise, BEIS said. They include the trade association British Plastics Federation; the charitable Ellen MacArthur Foundation; the Waste and Resources Action Programme, a charity that aims to help businesses to reduce waste; and the engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald.

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