Congratulations Birch Farm, BPI and Brains

Beth Winkley

Last Friday I was in Rhymney in the South Wales Valleys for the opening of the UK’s largest agricultural plastics reprocessing facility. The £4.5 million plant, run by BPI (British Polythene Industries), will create 20 new jobs for the region; it will also mean that material collected here in Wales will no longer need to be transported all the way to Scotland for reprocessing. It’s great news for Wales – and at least partly down to the work of BPI’s Welsh agents, Birch Farm Plastics, with whom WRAP Cymru has worked closely over the years.

There’s fantastic news in Cardiff, too, where brewery SA Brain has become the first Welsh Courtauld Commitment 2 signatory. You can visit the Food and Drink pages to learn more about how the Courtauld Commitment is encouraging retailers and producers to prevent waste and recycle as much as possible. 

Of course in order to encourage businesses to recycle as much as possible, we need to make sure there are the right commercial recycling collections and reprocessing facilities. WRAP Cymru’s ARID (Accelerating Reprocessing Infrastructure Development) programme, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) via the Welsh Government, provides capital funding for projects in Wales’ convergence regions. The latest funding round for the Large Scale Infrastructure fund is now open, and we’re holding information days  for potential applicants on the 20 and 21 March.

Finally, I can’t go without wishing Wales’ rugby team good luck for Saturday. If you’re lucky enough to be going to the Millennium Stadium I hope you have a wonderful time and don’t forget to look out for the recycling collections outside the ground and the food waste caddies in the hospitality areas.