The Welsh Government administers legislative requirements for environmental protection across Wales, so when it was offered advice from WRAP to assess and improve on its own systems, it was keen to take advantage of the support.


Key benefits

  • Realise cost savings;
  • Reduce carbon emissions;
  • Generate accurate figures to assist in monitoring and track improvement.


The Welsh Government employs around 5,500 staff, and provides catering services at 10 of its 38 locations. In 2012, WRAP undertook a Resource Optimisation Review to identify the opportunities for improving resource efficiency, and advised on tender document wording for the All Wales Catering Contract. 
The Welsh Government aims to exemplify the high standards it expects of others. This involves taking the lead on efforts to prevent and reduce waste.  As well as the environmental benefits of reducing waste, this means achieving value for money for the public purse. Signing up for these schemes clearly demonstrates that the Welsh Government is committed to the process of improvement. 
The review took place at the Cathays Park office in Cardiff. Around 2,500 people work there, with an additional 250 visitors arriving each day. Catering services on site include a main restaurant and three coffee bar facilities. Options range from a hot food offer and a deli bar to pre-packed sandwiches and a barista style coffee offer. The four facilities oversee 562,000 combined transactions each year, with total sales of approximately £950,000.

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