The Royal Welsh Show Illustrates the Range of our Work in Wales

Carl Nichols

This week I had the pleasure of attending the Royal Welsh Show. It’s a fantastic showcase of all that is great about Wales - including this year the weather. It also helps to illustrate some of the many ways in which WRAP works in Wales.  

As part of our work supporting the hospitality, tourism, food and drink sectors we arranged a waste audit during the four days of the show. This will give organisers and their waste contractors a better understanding of the amount and types of waste generated, and help them recognise where they could reduce waste, recycle more and cut costs. I’m looking forward to seeing the results of the audit, and examining ways of supporting the show in the future.

Incidently, we’ve now worked with well over 100 businesses in this initiative – a massive increase on our target of 60. There are some grants still available, however, for really innovative projects, so if you think your business fits the bill you can apply here.

If you visited The Co-operative Pavilion on Tuesday or Wednesday morning, you might have met our Love Food Hate Waste cascade trainers Eifion and Jo. They did a wonderful job sharing food waste prevention tips and money-saving advice with show-goers and their energy was infective despite the heat. Thank you very much to The Co-operative for hosting us.

Don’t worry if you missed them – you can arrange free Love Food Hate Waste training for your workplace, club or community group by contacting Jo and Eifion here.

It’s not just visitors who benefited from free training – we also organised a waste prevention workshop for Castell Howell’s supply chain. The food service business – which was a Hospitality and Food Service Agreement launch signatory – is a big advocate of the benefits of both waste prevention and WRAP Cymru support, and we’re grateful for their hosting us at the show for the second year running.

Of course at its heart the Royal Welsh remains an agricultural show, so our organics specialist Ruta was there on Wednesday to catch up with farming organisations to discuss the benefits of using compost and digestate as fertilisers. If you’re interested in using them you can find out more.

It’s worth pointing out though that WRAP Cymru doesn’t just work with businesses; a large and growing part of our work is the support we give to local authorities as part of the Welsh Government’s Collaborative Change Programme. As part of this work we were pleased to give evidence in the National Assembly for Wales’ Environment and Sustainability Committee’s Inquiry into Recycling in Wales. You can watch the oral evidence session, including WRAP Cymru Director Marcus Gover’s evidence online.

Talking of matters of state, WRAP CEO Dr Liz Goodwin wrote to John Griffiths recently to congratulate him on his new role as Minister for Natural Resources, Culture and Sport. I look forward to meeting him after the summer break to talk about the difference WRAP Cymru makes; on the evidence of the past week I think there’ll be a lot to talk about.