Launch of Recycle Link Wales

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Recycling contract manager for Cardiff Council, Ben Maizey has launched the independently-run website, 'Recycle Link Wales', to share news, features and best practice across Wales.

"I manage the procurement of waste materials which can be diverted from landfill and deal with private, public and third sector companies to source opportunities to maximise recycling services and commercial values for the authority,” said Ben. "As part of my job it is vital that I keep myself up-to-date with prospects that exist and it is equally important that as I look for these opportunities that I am current with trends, policy and legislation”.

"My job, combined with my passion for Wales and for the recycling industry in which I work, has led me to create this website, with supporting social media platforms, in order to share news, features and best practice.”

Ben stresses that although he is employed by Cardiff Council, there is no link to the authority and the views are his own.

"This is an independently-run and funded site created to allow those interested to gain direct and instant access to news and opportunities within the recycling industry in Wales. I hope this will benefit those working in Wales and those wanting to connect to Wales.”

The recycling contract manager says he spotted a gap in the recycling and waste management market to connect public service providers, private sector buyers and services, the voluntary sector and other interested parties together.

"Currently, the recycling industry in Wales has a lot to be very positive about. Recycling performance continues to progress year-on-year with authorities reporting an overall average of 60% for 2015/16,” continues Ben. "The challenge now however is to build on this and continue to the next big aim of 70% recycling in 2025. This next goal forms part of the Welsh Assembly’s statutory target in their ‘Zero Waste Wales’ strategy to eliminate all waste by 2050. Although the progress in Wales is to be admired, the task to increase recycling gets tougher. As households deal with a diverse range of wastes where sometimes little or no end market recycling exists, the local government must balance services with very tight budgetary constraints. I hope Recycle Link Wales will be an effective tool to support that task.”

This website intends to highlight the latest issues affecting the recycling industry in Wales and promotes prospects for those looking to link to tender & job opportunities

Updated links and discussion can also be found by joining the ‘Recycle Link Wales’ group on Linkedin, on its Facebook page or by following @RecycleWales on Twitter.

To find out more, visit recyclinglinkwales.co.uk or phone Ben Maizey at 07429 555 214 or email him atben@recyclelinkwales.co.uk


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