The report, drafted by the Welsh Local Government Association and commissioned by Welsh Government, highlights how waste services are currently providing economic benefits in Wales together with wider social benefits.
The Welsh Government`s strategic waste framework in Wales (Towards Zero Waste) is repeatedly cited in the research as helping create opportunity and providing a context for investment/staff recruitment and development.
In terms of the economic impact of the sector:
- The sector supported an estimated 4,423 employment opportunities (including part time).
- The municipal waste sector directly supported an estimated £464.85m of output and £104.37m of gross value added for 2015/2016.
From the Welsh Input-Output framework it is estimated that:
- Each £1m of output in the municipal waste sector supports a further £0.52m of output in other parts of the Welsh economy through the local purchasing of goods and services and the wage spending of staffs.
- Each £1m of gross value added generated from the municipal waste sector supports a further £0.46m of GVA in other parts of the Welsh economy as a result of local purchasing and spending of staffs etc.
- Each job in the municipal waste sector supports a further 0.62 jobs in the Welsh economy again as a result of local purchasing of goods and services and spending of staffs.
The report concludes that the municipal waste services are part of the ‘foundational economy’ – activity which meets everyday needs by providing ‘taken for granted’ services which are mostly unglamorous and heterogeneous.
Partners including CIWM, Local Government Data Unit, Cardiff University business school, Ricardo and Richard Thomas all contributed to the report.
The full report is available from http://gov.wales/topics/environmentcountryside/epq/waste_recycling/publication/study-of-employment-in-the-municipal-waste-sector-in-wales/