Minister Shows His ‘Metal’ at Recycle on the Go Launch

2nd May 2013

Natural Resources Minister gets hands-on to unveil first grant recipient

Welsh Government Minister for Natural Resources and Food Alun Davies was at Techniquest science centre in Cardiff today [2 May] to officially launch WRAP Cymru’s first Recycle on the Go project.

He was joined by children from Cardiff’s Mount Stuart and Marlborough schools to unveil two interactive exhibits which demonstrate what happens to recycling after it has been collected. He also learnt about the success of the Recycle on the Go fund in Wales from Head of WRAP Cymru Beth Winkley.

WRAP Cymru launched the Recycle on the Go fund in October 2012. To date £313,000 of a total of £432,000 available for grants has been allocated.

Successful applicants will receive up to £50,000 towards innovative projects to encourage recycling. This can be used towards consultancy and project management costs as well as for recycling infrastructure.

Recycle on the Go is funded by the Welsh Government. It aims to help boost Wales’ recycling rate – already the highest in the UK – by encouraging people to recycle wherever they are.

Techniquest used its £31,840 grant toward the cost of designing and building the two recycling exhibits, which were created in-house by Techniquest staff. It also bought recycling bins to cater for its 150,000 visitors a year.

The first exhibit replicates the method used for sorting different coloured plastics. Visitors place a bottle into a slot, then watch while compressed air ‘shoots’ it skywards.

They also have the opportunity to discover that making an aluminium can from recycled material takes just 5 per cent of the energy needed to make one from virgin material – using their own muscle power.


Speaking at the event the Minister said:


“I am delighted to officially open these new and exciting exhibits which I hope will encourage children to recycle more, not just when they’re at home, but also when they are out and about. 


“It is important that we all recycle as much of our rubbish as possible if we are to continue to progress towards our ambitious targets set out in the Welsh Government’s waste strategy, Towards Zero Waste.”

Beth Winkley said:

“WRAP Cymru’s Recycle on the Go programme is turning into a huge success. We’ve been inundated with applications, and have already agreed funding for a diverse range of exciting projects right across Wales.


“I’m delighted that Techniquest is the first organisation to receive a grant. I know that these exhibits, together with the recycling bins, will inspire a new generation to recycle wherever they are.”


Peter Trevitt, Chief Executive Officer Techniquest said:

"Techniquest is committed to using fun and interactive methods to promote technical concepts.  We are delighted with the two new exhibits we have developed with WRAP Cymru's support, and believe they represent an important new way of encouraging children to recycle."


Organisations interested in developing recycling facilities for their visitors can learn more about the Recycle on the Go programme – and download free technical and communications guidance and communications templates – at