Start-up company cleans up with government backing

Dsposal developer Georgios Rovolis, left, with Tom Passmore and Sophie Walker

A fast-growing clean tech start-up launched in Manchester is celebrating after winning a five-figure government contract to help combat waste crime.

The firm is also in the running for an extra £500,000 of second phase funding as part of the scheme.

Dsposal, set up by chief executive Tom Passmore and chief operating officer Sophie Walker, was launched in March last year with a mission to make it easy for everyone to find the right place for their waste, and tackle the national fly tipping epidemic.

The company has won an £80,000 contract to research how to develop a smart waste tracking system for the entire UK.

Dsposal is one of five companies across the UK to have been awarded this contract.

The start-up is also in the running to be one of two potential projects that could be chosen for an additional £500,000 of second phase funding under the new GovTech Catalyst scheme, which, if successful, would start later this year.

Sophie Walker said: “Dsposal is the first interconnected, collaborative waste management platform for everyone.

“We’re on a mission to help tackle waste crime, promote waste as a valuable resource, and drive the circular economy.

“Winning this contract is a testament to all the work that we’ve put in and reassures us that we’re on the right track.

“It’s a huge challenge, the waste industry is very complex, but it’s also an enormous opportunity.

“We need to be bold and use this chance to do something transformative.

“Waste is in the public eye like never before and we must seize this chance to deliver solutions that move the country towards resource efficiency and help us deliver on the Government’s ambitious Resources and Waste Strategy.

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