A £14m WRAP Cymru programme to boost Wales’ resource sector will have created 178 new jobs, reduced waste by 399,000 tonnes and helped to avoid 79.5kt of carbon emissions by June 2015, according to an external evaluation.
Databuild carried out an evaluation of WRAP’s Accelerating Reprocessing Infrastructure Development (ARID) programme, which launched in October 2011. It found that the scheme helped to boost the Welsh market for high-quality recyclate by funding manufacturers that use recycled content.
ARID provided capital funding to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for:
- Segregated collections services and ‘bring’ sites
- Waste management and reprocessing businesses
- Manufacturers using recyclates in production and packaging
ARID also helped participating businesses to improve management, gain additional funding, access new materials and meet business contacts.
WRAP Cymru director Marcus Gover said: “ARID is just the start. We want to work with the Welsh Government, with Welsh businesses, with banks and financial institutions to develop the circular economy, deliver green growth and create a fairer, more resilient Wales for us all.”
ARID was funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government for its waste strategy Towards Zero Waste. It was launched in October 2011 and provided capital funding for reprocessing and collections infrastructure in Wales’ Convergence Area.
South Wales Wood Recycling
ARID funding helped the family-run Bridgend business to buy equipment that enabled it to handle higher volumes. As a result the business has grown by 30%.
Kevin Burke, site manager, said: “Without ARID support we would have been unable to purchase the additional equipment and our capacity would have remained bottlenecked.”
Scott Waste Management
Through ARID funding, the recycling collections business bought three vehicles, a forklift truck and a mill-sized baler. Consequently revenue is up 100%, it employs five more staff, and its clients include John Lewis and B&Q.
William Scott, owner and director, said: “What could have taken two to three years to achieve using our own cash flow could be achieved in just one year.”