Wales Business and Markets Programme: ARID
The European Regional Development Fund funded project was launched in autumn 2011 and targets commercial and industrial waste in Wales’ Convergence Region. By 2015 the programme will have created 106 new jobs and reduced, reused or recycled 326,220 tonnes of waste. There are four separate grants:
- large-scale reprocessing infrastructure and facilities (now closed)
- small-scale reprocessing facilities
- recycling collections and bring sites
- manufacturers using or wishing to use recycled content in their products or packaging
Applications are still open for the last three grants, however the amount of funding available is extremely limited so WRAP advises would-be applicants to get in touch first.
Interim managers and intellectual property and marketing support is funded, enabling SMEs to access specialist help to grow their business. In 2013-2014 WRAP supported 185 businesses.
It also contributed to the development of a strong domestic market for high quality recyclate in Wales by supporting manufacturing SMEs which use, or are interested in using, recycled materials in their products. This follows the European Commission-funded ReMake project to promote resource efficiency among manufacturing SMEs.
WRAP reached 1,485 direct contacts against an external target of 306 and provided training to 98 against an external target of 22.
Consultants are funded to work with SMEs to help them ascertain whether they would benefit from using recycled content in their products or packaging, to increase the amount of recycled content they use or upscale production. Support is tailored to an individual business’ needs but can include market and supplier analyses, implementation planning and feasibility testing.
Since early 2013 WRAP has worked with more than 100 Welsh hospitality, tourism, food and drink SMEs (against a target of 60) to help them identify how they can cut costs by preventing waste and recycling more.
Grants of up to £50,000 are given towards the cost of waste prevention or recycling equipment and cover the cost of consultancy (up to £10,000) to help businesses recognise where they can make improvements and savings.