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“Collaboration is key to better resource management” – CIWM Resource Conference Cymru

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CIWM Resource Conference Cymru was an event to celebrate the success and vision in Wales in moving from waste management to resource management. During the conference the indications showed that Wales is well on its way to its vision of one planet living.  This is due to a mixture of strong clear policy from Welsh Government supported by initiatives such as WRAP Cymru’s Recycle on the Go and ARID projects, and Constructing Excellence Wales’ Enabling Zero Waste programme.

To realise the goal there are challenges ahead but these are all part of the journey towards creating sustainable economic growth within Wales through realising the full potential of our resources.  Whilst there are tentative signs that household waste arisings are decoupling from economic growth, there needs to be an increased focus on reduction and effective resource management of commercial waste.

The key message is that partnership working is key.  This needs to happen throughout the value network of products; from designing products with end of life in mind, to the creation of renewable energy.  This will require connecting and communicating with all stakeholders from households through to Government.

Read the full article by Rebecca Colley-Jones, WISE Network Co-ordinator and Chair of CIWM Cymru.