3 July 2017 by Steve Eminton

WRAP looks to Wales success in annual report

WRAP’s success in driving up recycling rates in Wales has been hailed by the charity’s chief executive Marcus Gover in its recently published annual report for 2016/17.

And, making Wales the “3rd best recycling nation in the world” is given as the charity’s number one impact achieved, under the resource management category.

Welsh dragon

WRAP has highlighted success in Wales in reaching a high level of recycling – no mention of England’s falling rate appears in the report

In his introduction to the report, Dr Gover comments: “Since we were set up in 2000, WRAP has helped the UK to make a step change in recycling, especially in Wales.”

And, in the annual report the charity says that the Collaborative Change team of its Welsh branch, Wales Cymru, “worked with 17 of 22 Welsh councils over the course of the year to improve their recycling services and meet Wales’s statutory recycling target of 70% by 2025.”

Welsh focus

The importance of WRAP’s work in Wales is reflected throughout the report with a focus on Wales (population 3.1 million) rather than England (population 55.2 million).

In the first item in the Resource Management section of the report WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme) remarks that “Wales’s recycling rate increased to 62% for the 12 months to the end of September 2016” – no reference appears to be made to the falling rate in England.

And, the charity itself wins praise from Wales in the annual report. Russell Owens, head of the collaborative change programme at the Welsh Government says: “We have been very impressed with the professionalism and hard work of the WRAP CCP team and very pleased in particular with the feedback from Local Authority colleagues.”

Recycled Beats

The second item in the Resource management section of the report again turns first to Wales, and is topped with details of a “Recycled Beats” campaign targeting young adults – in Wales – although item three does discuss a food waste action plan for England.

“WRAP has helped the UK to make a step change in recycling, especially in Wales.”


Marcus Gover
Chief executive, WRAP

In its “Looking ahead” section on resource management, again the resource charity turns first to Wales saying that in the coming years, “we will continue to work with Welsh Government and local authorities to drive the recycling rate even higher, delivering ambitious statutory targets.”

Then referring to England, WRAP says that the focus will be on helping local authorities to increase consistency in household recycling. No reference appears to be made in the document to the falling recycling rate in England.

On campaign work, WRAP refers to regional campaigns, such as “Recycle for Wales and Recycle for London”.

WRAP’s total income for 2016/17 was £27.2 million compared with £26.8 million the previous year with the majority continuing to come as grants from central and national governments. Central government funding rose from £14.8 million to £15.6 million. WRAP Cymru (Wales) received £3.5 million from the Welsh Government towards delivering the Welsh Government’s Towards Zero Waste strategy.

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WRAP annual report

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