Why Recycle Week still matters

Beth Winkley

This year’s Recycle Week takes place 18 – 24 June. There are loads of resources to help you plan your own Recycle Week activity on the partner page.

It’s worth remembering just how far we’ve come in Wales – and across the UK – with regard to recycling. A decade or so ago very few of us recycled, now household recycling collections – including food waste collections - are the norm. But far from being able to rest on our laurels, now’s the time for the hard work to be done.

That’s why we’re working with more and more businesses from more and more sectors across Wales. And that’s why we’re focusing on the business benefits of using recycled materials, for example, as well as just talking about being green.

The business benefits of resource efficiency were a hot topic at the Made in Wales Business Breakfast at the end of May. We’re proud to be sponsoring the Green Business award this year, and I hope that as many of you as possible will put your business forward for the award. Talking of awards, West Wales tile company Nexiform – one of the beneficiaries of WRAP Cymru’s REMake programme – is on the shortlist for a prestigious European award for best practice in a manufacturing SME. To find out about how we could help your manufacturing business, click here or call us on 029 2044 8090.

Of course it’s not just about recycling – actually preventing the amount of waste we produce in the first place is incredibly important too, as well as being a key priority for government. Watch this space for news on how we’re working with the hospitality and food service sector in Wales and what we could do for you.

Finally – and I know it’s a long way off – I just wanted to let you know that we’ll be hosting our WRAP Cymru annual conference again in Cardiff in November. More details to follow, but if you’d like to make sure you’re the first to find out all the details email wendy.cleveland@wrap.org.uk to receive updates and reserve your free place.