Little things can have a big impact, something Wales has proved in recent years. The weekly recycling routine is something every home in Wales is familiar with: it’s a small task that has seen household recycling rates rocket from 4.8% in 1998-99 to over 65% in 2020-21.
That puts Wales third in the world for recycling, but behind the success is the Welsh Government’s strategy to achieve zero waste by 2050, supported by a £1 billion investment since devolution. However, the role individuals have played can’t be ignored.
Their role in reducing waste goes beyond the home. In 2011, Wales became the first country in the UK to charge for single use carrier bags, reducing their number by 71% in the first three years, as well as raising money for charity.
These days, people across Wales don’t think twice about grabbing their bag for life before going to the shops, but these small changes also need to be backed up by much larger schemes to have a real impact.