The UK Government has unveiled a GBP4.7m ($5.95mn) fund to help boost the recycling of plastic packaging and textiles – and is seeking innovative ideas to back. Its new multi-million pound scheme is offering grants of between GBP200,000 and GBP1m for projects that boost the recycling of textiles when they have reached the end of their life. It is also looking for solutions to hard-to-recycle plastic packaging such as plastic trays, pots, plastic films and pouches. For textiles this could include machinery for recycling textiles, technology for disassembling or sorting textiles, automated processes for removing items from textiles such as zips, and technology to sort textiles by fibre type and colour.