The view from WRAP

  • Congratulations Birch Farm, BPI and Brains

    By: Beth Winkley Posted: 13 Mar 2012
    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...
  • The Big Freeze

    By: Beth Winkley Posted: 17 Feb 2012
    I saw daffodils blooming in December in Cardiff, and I was harvesting my own land cress well into the new year. But then winter finally arrived, and for us gardeners I’m not sure whether it was a blessing or a curse.The colder months inevitably mean higher heating bills, but adequate insulation can help cut fuel consumption and reduce your carbon footprint. WRAP Cymru has worked with a South...
  • The benefits of resource efficiency

    By: Beth Winkley Posted: 6 Feb 2012
    On 9 February I’ll be talking about environmental sustainability at the Empower Conference for the voluntary sector. I’ll be talking about the fact that making decisions on environmental grounds often results in economic and social benefits.It’s something that all of us working in the sector are aware of, but it’s worth reminding ourselves now and again - being resource efficient, preventing...
  • Well done Wales!

    By: Beth Winkley Posted: 24 Jan 2012
    I’m sorry I’ve been quiet for a while – I’ve been away on holiday for a week. I’m back at work now, though, and it feels as though I’ve never been away. Why is it when you’re out of the office for a few days you always come back to a diary that appears ten times busier than it was when you left?Thankfully the WRAP Cymru team has an exciting schedule for the next couple of weeks, starting with the...
  • Happy New Year

    By: Beth Winkley Posted: 3 Jan 2012
     Well, that’s Christmas and New Year over for another year; I hope you had a good break. Now we’re entering the season of austerity, of resolutions, diets, and detox.For many businesses January is a busy time as they start planning for the next financial year. It’s no exception for WRAP Cymru, and we’re working on some really exciting proposals for 2012 – 2013. More at a later date…Talking...
  • Manufacturing in the spotlight

    By: Beth Winkley Posted: 18 Aug 2011
    I’m looking forward to the Wales Business Insider Made In Wales Awards in October which celebrates the best in manufacturing, design and product development in Wales.WRAP Cymru is sponsoring the Green Manufacturer Award category which invites nominations from businesses that are demonstrating a low carbon approach to manufacturing through their products and processes.This category is particularly...
  • Quality compost making progress in Wales

    By: Beth Winkley Posted: 22 Mar 2011
    I have been out in the garden recently, getting it ready for spring planting and it made me think how far compost has come in the last 10 years. With more and more quality BSI PAS 100 compost now being produced and used in Wales I am really proud that my team here at WRAP are playing a part.I am really looking forward to popping over to The Works: Ebbw Vale next week, to hear about the progress...
  • Working towards Zero Waste Wales

    By: Beth Winkley Posted: 10 Mar 2011
    I cannot think of a better day to start my blog. Today is a good day for Wales, it’s the day the Welsh Assembly Government sets out the Municipal Sector plan. This is the first in a series of plans which will underpin the ambitious targets of the Assembly Government’s strategy; Towards Zero Waste where the aspiration is to live within the means of one planet’s worth of resources by 2050. I am...