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An Ammanford company has been highlighted for its work in helping Wales become a zero-waste nation.

NappiCycle, based at Capel Hendre Industrial Estate, pride themselves on reusing and recycling nappies, as three billion are wasted each year, which equates to eight million per day.

Sophie Howe, the world’s first statutory Future Generations Commissioner, has been praising the organisation as her seven-year term comes to an end.

Sophie has been highlighting how Wales’ world-leading Wellbeing of Future Generations Act has been making a difference across Wales.

Wales’ Beyond Recycling strategy has a target of Wales being a zero-waste nation by 2050, and was built around the legislation. It is the strategy NappiCycle has been getting involved in.

NappiCycle has helped provide 4.3 tonnes of used babies’ nappies, and using them to resurface the A487 near Aberaeron. The project will now see nappies being collected from 15 local authorities across Wales.

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The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act requires decisions in Wales to be made in a way which meets today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own.    

Wales became the first country in the world to legislate in the interests of future generations in 2015 – inspiring the UN’s vision for a Special Envoy for Future Generations. 

Sophie Howe, outgoing Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, said: “There is still a lot more work to be done but if you travel around Wales and talk to people about how decisions are being made, you’ll see the impacts of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act, largely due to a movement of change champions using this unique legislation to create a better Wales. 

“I’m hugely proud of what’s been achieved in its short life by what I often hear described as ‘common sense’ law – ie, making joined-up decisions, looking at transport through a healthcare lens, asking communities how they want to achieve cleaner air for their children to breathe, at the same time as reducing poverty. 

“If every country had a Future Generations Act decades ago, we might not be seeing the devastating effects of the cost-of-living crisis.

“We have a long way to go to fully meet the ambitions of the act but it’s crucial we do.”

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