Businesses can qualify for the scheme as long as they sort, reprocess, recycle or manufacture products using one of a range of materials that include plastic, organics (In-Vessel composting or Anaerobic Digestion only), textiles, glass or wood (only treated/contaminated wood) .
Who is eligible?
eQuip can help any current or planned business demonstrating strong market demand for their product or service as long as the business is involved in:
- The sorting, reprocessing or recycling of the materials listed above.
- Any collection technology or infrastructure that is specifically designed to enhance the above.
- The manufacturing of products incorporating the recycled materials listed above.
eQuip can support energy to waste applications but it must be clearly demonstrated that there is no other higher value use for the material.
The scheme is available to Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SME's) throughout the UK as well as larger companies provided their processes incorporate the newest and most advanced technology. If you are not an SME, the financial benefit you will gain from the acquisition of the new equipment will have to be declared and taken into account.
For further advice on applications from larger companies, please contact the administrators, Cranmer Lawrence and Company Ltd.
N.B. Other types of State Aid can be used in conjunction with eQuip but not for the same assets and the combined support cannot exceed State Aid Guidelines.
Please note that if your project will generate electricity and receive FITS, it is not eligible for support via eQuip.
eQuip scheme exclusions
eQuip is not available to companies who intend to pre-treat waste prior to landfill – outputs must have a clearly defined, higher value end market.
The other major exclusions are:
- Vehicle leasing.
- Non-specific recycling equipment e.g. fork lift trucks.
- Sale and leaseback of equipment.
- Sub-letting to a third party of any equipment acquired through the eQuip scheme.