Wastesavers Charitable Trust

Origins

Wastesavers started life in 1985 as a small voluntary organisation, raising awareness about material reuse and recycling. It was an environmental organisation whose main objectives were to improve the environment of Newport. It has built on this core activity and now operates a number of environmental, social and educational projects in South East Wales.

Success Factor

The Welsh Government’s 70% recycling target for 2025– including 52% by 2012-13 - has made recycling and waste reduction high on the environmental agenda in Wales. Also the biodegradable waste targets that have seen kerbside food waste collections rolled out as the norm. In addition, whilst the crash of the recyclate market in 2008 saw material value bottom out at negative £ per tonne, prices in 2011 have returned to pre-2008 levels and a high value achieved for paper, plastic, metals and textiles.

The Future

Wastesavers has recently acquired a new computer recycling business that recycles computers and their parts and delivers this service through social and employability programmes and working with homeless people, older people and disabled people. Plans are to expand this aspect of the business to capture more WEEE (waste electronic and electrical equipment) that is currently ending up in landfill and to use this resource to provide social value to the local community. It is also looking to further develop its commercial recycling provision to be able to provide a comprehensive service to businesses in a wider geographical area.