Global Recycling Day: Almost three quarters of Welsh adults would recycle more to help Wales become best recycling country in the world
As we celebrate Global Recycling Day, a survey conducted on behalf of Recycle for Wales has revealed that nearly three quarters (74%) of Welsh adults would be likely to actively support an ambition to recycle more and help Wales reach number one in the World Recycling League.
Wales already has the third highest recycling rate in the world for recycling* – beaten only by Singapore and Germany – but of those surveyed, only one in three (34%) were aware of Wales’ third place ranking, although 57% said knowing this made them feel proud.
The survey also found that over one third of Welsh adults (36%) said they would recycle to preserve the environment for future generations, while 34% said they would recycle because they thought it’s the right thing to do.
Welsh households already recycle 63% of their waste (1), so small changes could make a big difference in helping Wales get to number one.
Carl Nichols, Head of WRAP Cymru which runs the Recycle for Wales campaign, said: “It’s no surprise that the majority of adults surveyed want to help Wales become the best recycling nation in the world. We want to preserve our beautiful country for generations to come, we’re already amongst the best in the world in recycling, and we’ve already come such a long way. That’s why we’re confident Wales can get to first place in the World Recycling League if we all play our part.
“Making small changes can make a big difference. From putting tea bags and fruit and vegetable peels in food caddies instead of the bin to recycling from all the rooms in our homes – not just the kitchen. Even remembering to recycle aerosol cans and household cleaning bottles, as well as the obvious things like paper and card, glass bottles and cans, can help us get to number one.”
To find out more about what you can do to help get Wales to number one, see what else you can recycle in your local area: www.recycleforwales.org.uk/local-recycling
*This refers to municipal waste – i.e. waste which is collected by local authorities or taken to a household waste recycling centre.
(1) Welsh Government statistic
Notes to editors
- Recycle for Wales is a campaign to encourage people in Wales to recycle more things more often from all around the home. Recycle for Wales is delivered by WRAP Cymru and grant funded by the Welsh Government to encourage behaviour change across Wales to recycle 70% of all waste by 2025 and become a zero-waste nation by 2050. http://www.recycleforwales.org.uk/
- WRAP Cymru is a part of WRAP. WRAP’s vision is a world where resources are used sustainably. We work with businesses, individuals and communities to help them reap the benefits of reducing waste, developing sustainable products and using resources in an efficient way. Established as a not-for-profit company in 2000, WRAP is backed by government funding from England, Wales and Northern Ireland. More information on all of WRAP's programmes can be found on: http://www.wrap.org.uk/
- All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1008 Welsh adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 7th - 11th March 2019. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all Welsh adults (aged 18+).
- [Recycling rate ref: 63% for the year to send September 2018 https://gov.wales/statistics-and-research/local-authority-municipal-waste-management/?lang=en]