Let's celebrate Welsh achievement

Beth Winkley

The rugby team may not have done too well in the southern hemisphere, but sport aside there is plenty for Wales to celebrate – at least when it comes to sustainability.

Last week I was in Brussels with my colleague Bettina Gilbert, who manages WRAP’s Cymru’s European-funded projects. We were at the final conference of the Europe-wide REMake programme, which WRAP Cymru delivers here in Wales. We also had the honour of attending dinner at the European Parliament, where Nexiform, one of the businesses which has benefitted from REMake support via WRAP Cymru, was one of just three small or medium businesses (SMEs) to receive a best practice award.

REMake is coming to an end, but the great news is that – thanks to funding from the Welsh Government – we can continue to provide advice and support to manufacturing SMEs in Wales. If you want to find out the business benefits of using recycled materials, do get in touch.

This is just one of a whole range of new services which we’ll be unveiling over the coming weeks. Key among them is the Hospitality and Food Service Agreement which was launched today (27 June). Congratulations to our first Welsh signatories Castell Howell, SA Brain and the Millennium Stadium and watch this space for more on how we’re helping hospitality and tourism businesses in Wales. To find out more contact hugh.jones@wrap.org.uk 029 2044 8090.

While I was in Brussels, WRAP CEO Dr Liz Goodwin and Welsh Government Environment Minister were among the delegates at the Rio +20 sustainable development conference. You can read Liz’s blog about why she felt it was so important to attend here.

Closer to home I’m pleased to announce that both Liz and the Minister will be among the speakers at the WRAP Cymru Annual Conference, which will take place in Cardiff on Thursday 8 November. Email wendy.cleveland@wrap.org.uk to reserve your free place.

Finally, I’m looking forward to seeing the 2011-2012 municipal recycling figures for Wales which are issued on 28 June. Recycling in Wales has increased significantly in recent years and I’m eager to find out whether Welsh households and councils managed to recycle more than ever in the past year.