WRAP Cymru launched the Recycle on the Go fund in October 2012 and so far £313,000 out of a total of £432,000 available for grants has been allocated. Successful applicants will receive up to £50,000 towards innovative projects to encourage recycling, which can be used towards consultancy and project management costs, as well as for recycling infrastructure.
Alun Davies – “It is important that we all recycle as much of our rubbish as possible if we are to continue to progress towards our ambitious targets set out in the Welsh Government’s waste strategy.”
Techniquest itself used its grant of £31,840 toward the cost of designing and building the two recycling exhibits and it bought recycling bins to cater for its 150,000 visitors a year. The first exhibit replicates the method used for sorting different coloured plastics, whereby visitors place a bottle into a slot, then watch while compressed air fires it skywards. They also have the opportunity to discover that making an aluminium can from recycled material takes just 5 percent of the energy needed to make one from virgin material – using their own muscle power.
The Minister commented: “I am delighted to officially open these new and exciting exhibits which I hope will encourage children to recycle more, not just when they’re at home, but also when they are out and about.
“It is important that we all recycle as much of our rubbish as possible if we are to continue to progress towards our ambitious targets set out in the Welsh Government’s waste strategy, Towards Zero Waste.”
Organisations interested in developing recycling facilities for their visitors can learn more about the Recycle on the Go programme – and download free technical and communications guidance and communications templates – at www.wrapcymru.org.uk/rotgwales