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WRAP Cymru scheme to increase use of recycled materials in manufacturing

WRAP Cymru, the Welsh branch of WRAP, has launched a scheme offering small to medium manufacturing enterprises (SMEs) in Wales expert technical advice on how to increase the amount of recycled content in their products, processes and packaging.

The European-funded project REMake will give up to 30 SMEs in manufacturing the opportunity to apply for advice and support up to the value of £17,000.

Many manufacturers are not using any form of recycled content in their products. According to WRAP research only 25% of manufacturers in the plastic sector currently use recycled content in their processes.

Head of WRAP Cymru Beth Winkley said: “The benefits of this project are wide ranging. Not only will it help to reduce the amount of waste that manufacturers in Wales send to landfill and encourage them to reduce their reliance on virgin materials, but it will also help to stimulate new markets for recyclate, increase innovation in products and packaging and importantly, lead to increased profitability for the SMEs.”

Businesses will be able to apply for two levels of expert support when the scheme opens at the beginning of March 2012. The first - Voucher One – will entitle the business to up to six days of advice and guidance for identifying opportunities to reduce reliance on virgin materials and will receive a detailed plan on how to implement the recommendations. Voucher Two offers up to 15 days technical assistance.

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