178 New Jobs for Wales

24th February 2015

New report shows how WRAP Cymru’s ERDF-funded ARID programme has contributed to green growth in the areas of Wales most in need of economic regeneration:
178 new jobs created
399,000 tonnes of waste reduced, reused or recycled
79.5 KT carbon emissions avoided

(All figures are forecast results over a three to five year period, for businesses supported by October 2014)

WRAP Cymru today [24 February] publishes the external evaluation of its ARID (Accelerating Reprocessing Infrastructure Development) programme to boost the development of Wales’ resource sector. 

The programme, which was funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, was launched in October 2011 and provided capital funding for reprocessing and collections infrastructure in Wales’ Convergence Area* . It also helped grow the market for high quality recyclate by funding manufacturers using recycled content in this region.

The evaluation, undertaken by Databuild on WRAP Cymru’s behalf, found that in addition to the quantitative impacts, the programme also helped participating businesses:

  • Rethink the ways they work
  • Improve business management
  • Access additional funding
  • Increase in confidence
  • Access new materials
  • Meet new business contacts

It also included recommendations for the future, which will be among the topics discussed at an event to mark the report’s publication to be held in Merthyr Tydfil today.

WRAP Cymru Director Marcus Gover will tell delegates: 

“ARID is just the start. We want to work with the Welsh Government, with Welsh businesses, with banks and financial institutions to develop the circular economy, deliver green growth and create a fairer, more resilient Wales for us all.”

ARID (Accelerating Reprocessing Infrastructure Development) External Programme Evaluation: Summary Report is available at www.wrapcymru.org.uk/ARID

*North West Wales, West Wales and the South Wales Valleys

Case Studies 

Note that detailed case studies and photographs are available, plus video case studies of ARID beneficiaries Techlan and Natural UK. 

Scott Waste Management

Thanks to ARID funding this recycling collections business bought three new vehicles, a forklift truck and a mill-sized baler. Consequently revenue is up 100 per cent, it employs five more staff, and its clients include John Lewis and B&Q.

What could have taken two to three years to achieve using our own cash flow could be achieved in just one year. WRAP Cymru has acted as a positive catalyst for growth, and this year we are growing at a far quicker rate, making the goal of our own transfer station a real possibility this year. – William Scott, Owner and Director

Williams a Williams Cyf

ARID funding contributed to a source-segregated ‘bring’ site and collections for tourism businesses, which helped Williams a Williams Cyf cut costs and increase revenue, and gave North Wales’ tourism sector access to high quality recycling collections. 

As well as the help and support received, the doors that have opened as a result of working with WRAP Cymru and the contacts we’ve made have been priceless. – Meurig Jones, Managing Director

About WRAP Cymru

WRAP Cymru is part of WRAP. WRAP’s vision is a world where resources are used sustainably. It works in partnership with governments, businesses, trade bodies, local authorities, communities and individuals looking for practical advice to improve resource efficiency that delivers both economic and environmental benefits.

Our mission is to accelerate the move to a sustainable resource-efficient economy through:

- re-inventing how we design, produce and sell products,

- re-thinking how we use and consume products, and

- re-defining what is possible through re-use and recycling.

First established in 2000, WRAP is a registered charity. WRAP works with UK Governments and other funders to help deliver their policies on waste prevention and resource efficiency. 

WRAP is a registered Charity No. 1159512 and registered as a Company limited by guarantee in England & Wales No. 4125764. Registered office at The Old Academy, 21 Horse Fair, Banbury, Oxon, OX16 0AH.

www.wrapcymru.org.uk @WRAP_Cymru


Luisa Pastore                                          Caroline Hutchinson

Communications Manager                        Communications Executive

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