CIWM project partner in University of Hull plastic research project

11 January 2019

CIWM is very pleased to be a project partner in a research project won by the University of Hull, which will look at developing and testing a new biodegradable plastic.

The £1.1m project will investigate plastics in the economy and environment.The award is one of eight new research projects worth £8m that will explore new and different ways of making, using and recycling plastics and this project is among the first to be funded through the Plastics Research Innovation Fund (PRIF).

The fund, managed by UK Research and Innovation, is engaging Britain’s best scientists and innovators to help move the country towards more circular economic and sustainable approaches to plastics.

It is delivered via the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Innovate UK.

The award will see a team of over 25 academics from the University of Hull work with a wide range of companies and other organisations to investigate how these new plastics, along with new ways of recovering and recycling plastics, can be adopted. 

CIWM executive director Chris Murphy said: “Plastics in the environment has been the focus of media and public attention recently so we welcome this investment from Government into research and we are pleased to be a project partner and will be involved in stakeholder meetings and helping to promote the results of this important work.”

The University of Hull’s Plastics Collaboratory is one of the largest interdisciplinary research groups in the UK focusing on plastics research, combining a range of expertise including politics, chemistry, geography, logistics, environmental sciences, psychology, systems thinking, law, economics and engineering.

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