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Case study: South Wales Wood Recycling

Formed in 2006, South Wales Wood Recycling (SWWR) has played a central role in wood recycling in Bridgend, collecting, sorting and shredding waste from businesses within a 50-mile radius before turning the material into woodchip for resale.

With ambitious plans for growth, SWWR first contacted WRAP Cymru in 2009 for assistance in identifying potential opportunities. WRAP helped the company to create a comprehensive business plan. Three years later, it had achieved significant growth and, as a result, faced a new issue: operational bottlenecks meant it could not keep up with the demand for its services. In 2012, WRAP provided a consultant to help the company devise an updated business plan and address obstacles to growth.

SWWR was awarded an Arid grant which was used to invest in new machinery and equipment. The business is now able to accept all the material it receives, is processing 10% more material than it was 12 months previously and recycling all of it. As a consequence, the business has grown by 30%.

Site manager Kevin Burke (pictured) said: “WRAP support has been invaluable, first to provide us with external consultancy support and then to assist with funding via Arid. Without the grant, we would have been unable to purchase the additional equipment and our capacity would have remained bottlenecked. The services that WRAP provides are invaluable to small businesses like ourselves.”   

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