Funded by the Welsh Government, WRAP Cymru collaborated with more than 20 partner organisations of different sizes, from both the private and public sectors between 2019 - 2022, to deliver four supply chain projects.
Each project showcases how manufacturers can overcome challenges to increasing the use of recycled materials - particularly plastic - in products made in Wales.
Through these projects we aimed to address both commercial and technical challenges – such as using recycled materials in products that need to withstand wear and tear – whilst highlighting economic viability and environmental benefits.
Technical support available
WRAP Cymru can support you to address commercial and technical challenges when increasing the use of recycled materials in products made in Wales. We can provide tailored technical advice on reconfiguring equipment to introduce or improve recycled output.
We can help you re-design products to reduce material use and increase the re-use and recyclability of products and/or packaging.
Take advantage of our support to test performance characteristics of secondary material streams. Contact: Resources.Wales@wrap.org.uk
For information regarding each supply chain project, please use the following links:
LDPE and LLDPE Agricultural Waste Trial
This project successfully incorporated recycled LDPE and LLDPE film in the manufacture of rotationally moulded products.
HDPE and PP Trial for the Construction Sector and Transport of Hazardous Goods
This project successfully incorporated recycled content into lightweight polymer-cement composites; waste paper-plastic and metallised composites; and containers for the transport of hazardous goods.
PP Trial for the Medical Sector and Houseware Product Sector
This project successfully incorporated recycled content for the manufacture of an indoor food waste / compost caddy; a translucent flap supplied as part of a medical sharps container; and a medical sharps container.
PE and LDPE Trial for the Construction Sector
The project successfully incorporated recycled PE and PLDP film into mortar tubs, equalling the resilience and robustness of their virgin counterparts.
A global circular economy for plastics
In addition to WRAP Cymru's work to accelerate the shift to a Welsh circular economy, WRAP is working with businesses across the plastics value chain throughout the UK and internationally.
Through the Plastics Pact network, we are transforming how we make, use, collect, sort, re-use and recycle plastics to create a global circular economy, capturing the value of plastic, keeping it in the economy and out of the natural environment.
Working with key partners, WRAP's voluntary agreements are transforming whole systems - uniting businesses, governments and citizens behind a shared vision and measurable targets for change.
For more information, please visit: www.wrap.org.uk/taking-action/plastics-packaging/initiatives