Increasing the Supply of Products Containing Recycled Content in Wales

Funded by the Welsh Government, WRAP Cymru’s Market Development Programme is in place to increase the supply of, and demand for, products containing recycled content in Wales. This is vital to the achievement of a circular economy.

To increase the supply of products containing recycled content, we are taking a twofold approach via demonstration projects and the delivery of a £6.5m Circular Economy Fund – a Welsh Government initiative for organisations in Wales.

(To find out how we are increasing demand for products containing recycled content, please visit our Public Sector Procurement Support page.)

Supply Chain Demonstration Projects

We are working in collaboration with more than 20 partner organisations of all different sizes, from both the private and public sectors, to deliver four supply chain demonstration projects.  These will showcase how barriers to increasing recyclate – particularly plastic – in Welsh manufacturing can be overcome.  We are seeking to address both commercial and technical issues – such as using recycled materials in products that need to withstand wear and tear – whilst highlighting both economic viability and environmental benefits.

At present, it is estimated that just 10% of the plastic used by manufacturers in Wales is recycled material sourced from secondary markets, so one of our key objectives is to utilise the evidence from these projects to make recommendations that will enable upscaling and replication across the industry.

For information regarding each of the four demonstration projects, please use the following links:

• Low-density Polyethylene (LDPE) and Linear Low-density Polyethylene (LLDPE) Agricultural Waste Trial
• High-density Polyethylene (HDPE) and Polypropylene (PP) Trial for the Construction Sector and Transport of Hazardous Goods
• Polypropylene (PP) Trial for the Medical Sector and Houseware Product Sector
• Polyethylene (PE) and Low-density Polyethylene (LDPE) Trial for the Construction Sector

Circular Economy Fund for Organisations in Wales

We are also delivering a £6.5 million Circular Economy Fund on behalf of the Welsh Government.  It is designed to support businesses in Wales that are seeking capital investment to introduce, or increase, recycled content in the goods they manufacture.  As with our demonstration projects, the priority material is recycled plastic; however, businesses using recycled paper, card or textiles are also eligible.

In response to COVID-19, the scope of the Circular Economy Fund has been widened to also support preparation for re-use, refurbishment and re-manufacturing activities in Wales, which extend the useful life-time of products.

Organisations of any size may either apply for a ‘Small Scale’ grant from £25,000 up to €200,000 (the maximum de minimis threshold) or a ‘Large Scale’ grant from €200,000 up to £750,000.

For full details, please visit our Circular Economy Fund page.

Circular Economy Plastics Map of Wales

In addition to WRAP Cymru’s aforementioned work to increase the supply of products containing recycled content, we have developed a Circular Economy Plastics Map of Wales to support greater collaboration across the Welsh plastics sector.

Free and easy to use, it provides an interactive, visual representation of the extent of the sector by plotting plastics manufacturers and reprocessors by location, helping to identify where there are clusters.  Users can search for companies by type, by Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code or by business name.

To access the tool, please visit our Circular Plastics Map of Wales page.