Success as Recycle Link Wales Hosts its First Event

Tuesday, 12th of February 2019


Recycle Link Wales Sets Out it's Aim of Being a Resource for the Welsh Recycling Industry.






On Thursday 7th February Recycle Link Wales held its formal launch as part of a breakfast brief networking event held at Dow Corning’s nature centre in Barry. The event generated a high level of interest from across the waste sector. Representatives from NRW, Welsh Government, CWIM Cymru, WRAP, Local Government, manufacturing sector organisations and waste companies were all in attendance.

As part of the opening remarks to the event, Ben Maizey announced that he created Recycle Link Wales with the purpose to generate a platform where all sections of the industry can communicate and work better together. Recycle Link Wales aims to promote business opportunities, increase knowledge and build on the great effort that the Welsh recycling industry is contributing to.

Ben recognised that events, such as the one they were holding that day, are a way of building those opportunities. It is hoped that Recycle Link Wales will continue to be a signpost for opportunity to the Welsh Recycling Industry in the future.


A Message From Welsh Government

The event heard from Welsh Government’s Dr Andy Rees OBE who reflected on how a revised waste strategy is currently being undertaken due to the overhaul in extended producer responsibility and packaging regulations. He addressed the prospects of a Deposit Return Scheme. He also discussed the ‘Behaviour Change Campaign’ to increase recycling participation and the Environment (Wales) Act 2015 – Part 4 (Collection and disposal of waste) which it was announced will be out for consultation in the coming months. Click here to view Dr Andy Rees OBE Presentation Slides


Future Strategy For Wales

The Chair of CIWM Cymru Robert Little also presented at the event and his remarks seemed to dovetail with the previous presentation given by Andy Rees. Robert Little discussed the future strategy of delivering a more circular economy in Wales. This can be achieved by recognising the opportunities presented through the Towards Zero Waste strategy, the Well-being future generations (Wales) act 2015 along with the changes in new technology and to extended producer responsibility. Click here to view Robert Little's Presentation Slides



Uncertainty with Brexit

While highlighting these opportunities, Robert Little also commented on the barriers that also exist, especially regarding the lack of infrastructure and capacity in the sector. Both Robert Little and Andy Rees took the opportunity to discuss the barriers currently caused by the uncertainty of Brexit. Both accounted for the work that is currently being undertaken by Government and Stakeholders to address all the possible scenarios Brexit could pose. Robert Little commented that whatever the impact the “only way to succeed in Wales is the ability to be agile” and that “government and industry need to be having these conversations” to move forward in the best way.



The breakfast networking event was organised in partnership with Wasteapp who took the time to demonstrate their new system which is hoped will benefit the industry by better connecting waste producers to the waste industry. Though Wasteapp’s comprehensive database of all details of permitted facilities, Wasteapp can comprehensively search sites that can accept specific waste types. Further details can be found at or the click here to view Jane Hall's Presentation Slides


Future Events

On Reflection of the first Recycle Link Wales event, Ben took to social media and said: “Absolutely delighted on the success of today's first Recycle Link Wales event and grateful for the positive feedback I have received from many. Looking forward to the next one”.

These events will be held regionally across Wales with details of one in North Wales happening in April and another in Swansea in June. Details of Locations and times will be made available through and through social media @RecycleWales #RecycleWales

Recycle Link Wales aims to ensure events are inclusive for all the industry. Recycle Link Wales would like to recognise Enzygo for providing the breakfast and refreshments on the day to ensure the event remained free for delegates.

There are a number of competitive and rewarding ways for companies to get involved in supporting future events. Please contact Recycle Link Wales on to find out more.