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Celebrating Wales’ Achievement of Being Second in the World for Recycling

June 6, 2024 | Dan Taylor-Peter

Wales has recently been recognised as the second-best country in the world for recycling, just behind Austria, according to the latest global rankings published by Eunomia Research. This remarkable achievement highlights Wales as a leader in the UK and showcases its commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility.

The Importance of Wales’s Achievement

Wales’s success in recycling is not just a statistic; it represents a significant step forward in global environmental efforts. Recycling reduces the need for raw materials, lowers energy consumption, and minimizes landfill use, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. By leading the way in the UK, Wales sets a powerful example for other regions to follow, demonstrating that ambitious recycling targets are achievable and essential for a sustainable future.

Over the past five years, Wales has consistently improved its recycling rates. In 2016, the recycling rate was 60.2%, and by 2020, it had increased to 65.14%. This steady progress is a testament to the government’s and the people’s commitment to a greener, more sustainable future.

How does Wales stack up against other nations?

Source: Environment: Wales second in the world for recycling rates – BBC News

Continuing to Grow and Expand Recycling Outputs

Wales must continue to innovate and expand its recycling initiatives to maintain and enhance these impressive achievements. This involves improving existing processes and investing in new technologies and facilities that can handle a greater volume and variety of recyclable materials.

CWM Environmental’s Contribution to Wales’s Recycling Success

We are proud to contribute to Wales’s recycling success at CWM Environmental. Our company has been at the forefront of waste management and recycling in South West Wales. One of our most significant contributions is the redevelopment and construction of a state-of-the-art Resource Recovery Facility (RRF), set to enter commissioning in 2025. This facility will process over  100,000 tonnes of materials across South West Wales, significantly enhancing our recycling capabilities and ensuring we meet and exceed our recycling targets.

In addition to our RRF, we are involved in numerous reuse projects. Our Canolfan Eto reuse village in Nantycaws is a pioneering initiative that promotes the reuse of items that would otherwise be discarded. By providing a space where items can be repaired and repurposed, we help to reduce waste and promote a circular economy.

Furthermore, we understand that the future of recycling depends on the next generation. That’s why we have developed educational programmes with local primary schools to teach children about the importance of recycling and how they can contribute to a sustainable future. These programmes ensure that the values and practices of recycling are instilled in young minds, setting the foundation for continued success in the years to come.

Is your business ready for the Workplace Recycling Regulations?

The recent workplace recycling laws in Wales, which took effect on April 6th, 2024, are set to significantly boost the nation’s impressive recycling rates in the coming years. These new regulations mandate that all businesses and public sector organisations implement comprehensive recycling practices, ensuring that a wider array of materials, including paper, plastic, glass, and food waste, are systematically recycled. By extending the reach of recycling obligations to the workplace, Wales is reinforcing its commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility. This legislative move is expected to drive substantial improvements in recycling rates as it increases the volume of recyclable materials collected and fosters a culture of environmental awareness and action within the business community.

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Your Questions Answered

Where does Wales rank in the recycling world?
Wales ranks second in the world for recycling, just behind Austria.

Which country in the UK has the highest recycling rate?
Wales has the highest recycling rate in the UK.

Wales – 65.7%

Scotland – 62.3%

England – 43.3%

Northern Ireland – 49.5%

Data from 2023 – source: Statista – The Statistics Portal for Market Data, Market Research and Market Studies

Why does Wales have a zero-waste policy?
Wales has a zero-waste policy to reduce environmental impact, conserve resources, and lead the way towards a sustainable future.

Why is Wales so good at recycling?
Wales’s success in recycling can be attributed to strong government policies, community engagement, investment in recycling infrastructure, and a collective commitment to environmental sustainability.

Where does my recycling go?

Find out how your local area compares to other parts of Wales – Where does your recycling go? | My Recycling Wales

In conclusion, Wales’s achievement of being second in the world for recycling is a significant milestone that highlights the country’s dedication to environmental stewardship. As a leading waste management company, CWM Environmental is proud to support and contribute to this success through our innovative facilities, reuse projects, and educational programmes. Together, we can ensure that Wales continues to set an example for the world in recycling and sustainability.

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