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Knowledge Transfer Partnership helps Welsh recycler create jobs

A Welsh waste and recycling company has grown rapidly as a result of the Welsh Assembly Government funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership. Lampeter-based LAS recycling increased its capacity and profits, and created 33 jobs through partnership work with Cardiff University.

Under the WAGs KTP, businesses are encouraged to take on graduates from academic institutions to work on a project that is vital to strategic growth. The KTP programme part funds the graduates employment.

LAS Recycling partnered with Cardiff Universitys School of Engineering to take on PhD student Nia Owen. While working for the company, she project managed the commissioning of a £2 million 50,000 tonnes a year materials recycling facility.

LAS Recycling managing director Chris Saunders said: We initiated this Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the university because we needed to update our facilities to meet with changing industry needs and waste legislation. The new facility designed with the help of the School of Engineering has placed us in a much stronger position to react to changes within our industry.

Cardiff University School of Engineering Professor Keith Williams said: Professor Griffiths and I, along with the rest of our team here, have gained a valuable insight into the waste management problems faced by local authorities today. We have also had the opportunity to gather much useful data which can be fed back into our teaching.

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