"Hopefully in a future of zero waste WRAP can disappear. Our job will be done."

August 9th, 2018
Roger Kattenhorn

Roger Kattenhorn is part of the Watford Recycling Arts Project (WRAP), which is a registered charity specialising in the recyling and repurposing of ethically sourced commercial waste for creative enterprise. He tells #TeamHerts Volunteering more about his volunteering history.


Where do you volunteer and for how long have you been doing it? 

I volunteer with the Watford Recycling Arts Project (Wrap). I have been volunteering with them for so long I can't remember but it is something like ten or fifteen years. The Project is something fairly unique locally but there are similar schemes all over the country. They are usually known as scrapstores. In the twenty or more years of its existence, WRAP has had a warehouse in three different locations in Watford. At present, soaring property prices have forced us to premises just over the border in Northwood Hills. 

How did you get into volunteering and what do you do?

We collect reuseable surplus stuff that is otherwise thrown away by industry/commerce and we make it available to; schools, community groups, nurseries, scouts etc, plus individuals and families, for their creative re-use in artistic and practical projects. 

I was drawn into the scheme by one of the founders who, knowing I disapproved of waste, asked me to keep my eyes open for 'good stuff in skips'. It turned out there is a lot of it about. Part of WRAP's brief as a charity is an educative role. In this capacity we offer workshops to children and adults making creative use of the material we collect. I am involved in providing these workshops. 

What do you enjoy about your volunteer role, how does it benefit you? 

There are many good things to be said about volunteering for a good cause such as this; the satisfaction of putting something right, doing a job because it needs doing rather than just to line someone else's pocket and making friends in a common cause in low pressure environment. Volunteer work is always meaningful and therefore very fulfilling. 

What difference are you making by volunteering? 

By taking part in the workshops, I hope I am teaching children about improvisation, resourcefulness, rational thought and practical handicraft skills. In a wider sense they also learn about using the environment and its resources sensibly and in a sustainable way. In the years since I started with WRAP, we have seen a definite raising of environmental consciousness in business. In some industries, notably printing, the waste materials we used to collect has been eliminated. There is still a long way to go but hopefully in a future of zero waste WRAP can disappear. Our job will be done. 

If someone was interested in finding out more about the organisation you volunteer with how could they get in touch?

We can be contacted via email watfordscrap@btconnect.com or by telephone on 01923 517540. We have a website; www.watfordscrap.wix.com/wrap, but the best way to find out about Wrap is to pay us a visit.