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Interdisciplinary Research Centre

The Cambridge Circular Plastics Centre is a wide-ranging network. It encompasses organisations and projects with an interest in eliminating plastic waste. By working in partnership, our plastics research responds to everyday challenges in real-world contexts. This combines the involvement of:


University groups and Cambridge organisations supporting our activities

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Energy IRC

This university-wide interdisciplinary research centre links academics working in energy transitions research. This currently involves 30 departments and faculties.   

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Centre for Global Equality (CGE)

CGE has member organisations across Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and India. Projects are spread across sectors, with a particular strength in technology for development, water, and solar energy.  

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Aurora Innovation Centre

The Centre operates within British Antarctic Survey to develop research and entrepreneurial partnerships. Areas of activity concern climate change, environmental stewardship and technologies for challenging environments. 

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Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP)

CSaP focuses on bringing academics and government together in new and innovative ways.

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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

The CISL develops leadership and solutions for a sustainable economy. Their work explores and communicates the implications of research for business and policy.

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Centre For Circular Economy

The Centre is based at The Judge Business School and finds new ways to create a more sustainable economic growth model, generate employment, and improves competitiveness. 

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Cambridge Zero

This is a climate change initiative, which involves the full range of the university’s research and policy expertise, to develop solutions that work for our lives, our society and our economy.

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Local community-based centres

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The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Waste Partnership (RECAP)

RECAP improves waste services, increases recycling and reduces waste in ways that respond to local needs.

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Cambridge Cleantech

Cambridge Cleantech is a network organisation supporting the growth of sustainable, ‘clean technology’ companies in Greater Cambridge and beyond.

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This is a locally based manufacturer. They custom-design and manufacture thermoformed rigid protective packaging for food and non-food products.

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A Toy’s Life And Beyond

This local social venture responds to the need to find suitable recycling places (other than the charity shop) for the toys children no longer play with.

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Cambridgeshire Repair Cafes

Repair Cafes are community events that match people who need stuff fixed with people who like fixing things.

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UK Networks

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UK Circular Plastics Network

Academics wishing to partner with industry and vice versa, can explore who would be a good fit via this network. The broad scope is any work that moves the UK towards sustainable approaches to plastics.

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Plastics Research and Innovation Fund (PRIF) Members

The eight multidisciplinary hubs (including the University of Cambridge) lead the way in finding new solutions to the current use of plastics, through recycling methods and developing alternative materials.

University of Exeter - ExeMPLaR - Multidisciplinary Plastics Research Hub

University of Hull - Evolving a Circular Plastics Economy

Imperial College London - Holistic integration of technology, design and policy for a greener plastic future

University of Manchester - Tackling the challenge of plastic waste

Queen's University Belfast - Advancing Creative Circular Economies for Plastics via Technological-Social Transitions (ACCEPT)

Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, University of Sheffield - Plastics: Redefining Single-Use

University College London – Designing-out Plastic Waste


International partners

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Anglican Church of Southern Africa’s Environmental Network

The Green Anglicans aim to support churches and Dioceses to fulfil God’s call to be Earthkeepers and to care for Creation.

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