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Industry commits funds to clean growth challenge

Industry is expected to pump up to £149 million into work on recyclable materials as part of the clean growth arm of the government’s industrial strategy.

The government announced this funding on 22 July, saying the plan is to help innovators working on developing new business models and creating materials to replace single-use plastics. It will be complemented by £60m from the government.

Alongside the funding announcement, the government is also inviting scientists and manufacturers to provide evidence on standards for bio-based materials and biodegradable plastics. The government wants to know how sustainable these products are and how the standards governing these materials should be designed and implemented. The consultation closes on 14 October.

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