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Third sector gives recycling boost

The amount of waste diverted from landfill by social enterprises in Wales has risen by nearly 13.5%, according to fresh research.

Wales Community Recycling Network, Cylch, said some 36,864.54 tonnes of materials was diverted through reuse, recycling or composting by social enterprises in 2011/12.  

Cylch’s report, Let’s Prove it!, also said that eight of it 60 members were now independent of subsidy, compared with six last year.

It said members were also becoming less reliant on subsidies with 32 earning more than 50% of their income.

Mal Williams ceo Cylch

Mal Williams

Cylch chief executive Mal Williams said: “Our investment in the sector is paying real dividends, social and environmental as well as economic.

“Two more of our members are now totally self-sufficient and others are rapidly getting there. That was our aim from 2005 onwards and the last few years have seen steady improvement as our investments kick in.” 

Other key findings of the 2011/12 report include:  

  • Increase in earned income generation by member organisations since the first annual report, up from 35% in 2006/07 to 67% in 2011/12 as members become far less reliant on grants
  • Reused material tonnage rose by 22%; recycled material tonnage decreased by 9.4% and composted materials rose by 54% compared to 2010/11
  • Increased collections since 2010/11 were reported for furniture (up 43%), wood (up 48%), electrical goods (up 45%), fridges and freezers (up 31%), and bicycles (up 43%)
  • Paid employees increased from 620 to 704 compared to 2011/12
  • Volunteers continue to provide the vast majority of the sector workface and volunteer numbers rose by 18% to 3,318 for 2011/12


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