Welsh hospitality industry receives £920k for waste prevention boost

A package of support worth up to £60,000 per business has been made available to the Welsh hospitality and food and drink sector, in an attempt to kick-start waste prevention and recycling.

The scheme, backed by £920,000 of Welsh Government funding, was instigated by WRAP Cymru (Waste & Resources Action Programme in Wales).

In addition to £50,000 funding towards the capital cost of implementing and maintaining a waste prevention or sustainable waste management solution, businesses can benefit from up to £10,000 worth of advice and business support from a WRAP Cymru-appointed business consultant with specific industry experience.

According to WRAP, businesses typically waste £1,800 with every tonne of avoidable food waste they throw away.

Pubs, restaurants, hotels, quick-service restaurants and food service businesses in Wales could collaboratively save £5m a year by reducing the amount of waste they produce and recycling more.

WRAP Cymru business and markets manager Susan Jay said: “We’ve worked closely with the hospitality and food and drink industries to come up with a package that truly meets their needs.

“That’s why we’re not only offering businesses the chance to save money by learning how to reduce their waste, but up to £50,000 towards the cost of new equipment too.”

Conor McGlone

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