Welsh manufacturers could receive grants of up to £50,000 from the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) Cymru in to improve their uptake of recycled packaging.
The grant aims to encourage small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) manufacturing businesses to make the change to recycled packaging for their products, after a WRAP survey found 78% of SMEs called for greater financial support for the switch.
WRAP Cymru will provide funding for new production and packaging plants, adapting or purchasing new equipment to increase the use of recycled materials or the costs of re-launching products with increased levels of recycled packaging. Successful applicants will need to provide details of the quantities of recyclate they use as a result of the investment, and WRAP Cymru will work with successful companies to help identify sources of appropriate material from Welsh processors.
WRAP Cymru market development manager Peter Webster said: “Prices of virgin materials will rise over time, so this project will stimulate the market for recycled materials produced in Wales, divert waste from landfill and, ultimately, help businesses to cut their input costs. We also believe consumers are increasingly interested in the environmental implications of the products they buy, so incorporating more recyclate can offer an additional advantage in the market.”
Yoghurt manufacturer Rachel’s Dairy has already made the switched to recycled plastic packaging.
Marketing director Steve Clarke said: “Using recycled materials can bring cost savings and environmental benefits to businesses. Grants like these from WRAP Cymru will mean that more manufacturing companies in Wales that have concerns over cost will now be able to receive the support they need.”
The closing date for applications is December 2010.