The view from WRAP

  • Reform to regulations relating to packaging

    By: Marcus Gover, CEO, WRAP Posted: 15 May 2018
    The Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Gove, recently invited WRAP, along with INCPEN (Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment) and Defra’s Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) to facilitate a series of cross-sector discussions to inform how the UK could respond to and reduce the environmental impact of the way we use and dispose of plastic.For the last two months, we...
  • The unintended consequences of a War on Plastic

    By: Peter Maddox Posted: 19 Apr 2018
    I remember when tax breaks were introduced to encourage drivers to switch to diesel cars. It was with the best of intentions, aiming to reduce CO2 emissions and address climate change. The action made a difference, but in choosing to focus on one environmental impact, it neglected another – air pollution.  In recent years, evidence has grown that other emissions from diesel engines, notably...
  • It’s time for us all to take more responsibility for our waste

    By: Peter Maddox, Director at WRAP Posted: 5 Mar 2018
    First published by 2Degrees NetworkThe time has come for the UK to take more responsibility for its own waste. We should do this not only because China has stopped accepting low quality waste imports, or because post-Blue Planet there is unprecedented will to prevent waste from polluting the environment, but because we have a duty to ensure our waste is dealt with responsibly, whether in the UK...
  • Open letter on Plastic Waste and Recycling Strategy

    By: Marcus Gover, CEO, WRAP Posted: 12 Feb 2018
    Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Gove, recently invited WRAP to facilitate a series of cross-sector discussions to inform how the UK could respond and reduce the environmental damage caused by the way we use and dispose of plastic.In this open letter to key stakeholders, chief executive Marcus Gover reports back on the outcomes of the meetings and puts forward a comprehensive set...
  • Food waste measurement really counts

    By: Peter Maddox Posted: 8 Feb 2018
    I doubt many of us would just hand over our debit card at the register, enter the four-digit code, and then leave without first checking the bill. But that’s effectively what every food business that doesn’t measure its food waste is doing, every day.For food businesses, measuring food waste can help save you money and keep operations efficient. But knowing how, where and even when to start can...
  • Plastic: friend or foe?

    By: Peter Maddox, Director of Government Programmes Posted: 23 Nov 2017
    Sir David Attenborough recently called for the world to act on plastic, after witnessing its impacts on marine life during the filming of his latest stunning TV series Blue Planet II. And when we see images of a turtle chasing a plastic bag, a pelican feeding its chick a plastic meal, or a blanket of plastic trash choking the ocean, it’s easy to appreciate why people are increasingly concerned...
  • Putting the business case to the test

    By: Linda Crichton, Head of Resource Management Posted: 21 Nov 2017
    It’s just over a year since we launched the Framework for greater consistency in household recycling in England, and it’s been a busy one with lots of work going on behind the scenes across the recycling supply chain. A major piece of work has been putting the national business case to the test at the local level. This has enabled us to assess the viability and appetite for service changes...
  • Open letter on China's waste import restrictions

    By: Marcus Gover, CEO, WRAP Posted: 18 Oct 2017
    To:Ray Georgeson MBE, Chief Executive, Resource AssociationSimon Weston, Director of Raw Materials, Confederation of Paper Industries, Papermakers HouseSimon Ellin, Chief Executive, The Recycling AssociationJacob Hayler, Executive Director, Environmental Services AssociationCc:Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural...
  • Because it’s worth it!

    By: Peter Maddox, Director of Government Programmes Posted: 21 Sep 2017
    Many of us working in the waste and recycling industry know the economic and environmental value of recycling.  For the rest of the UK public however, it does not appear to be as clear.  That is despite the fact that items recycled from our homes and businesses can go on to have a new lease of life in new things bought and used by UK householders every single day.In our recent consumer...
  • There is a pathway to reduce food loss and waste – now is the time to step up

    By: Marcus Gover, CEO WRAP Posted: 20 Sep 2017
    As a Champion 12.3, I am committed to driving action to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal of halving food loss and waste by 2030.  It’s an ambitious target, but one as Champions we believe is not only achievable, but essential.Essential because it matters economically, environmentally and sociallyEconomically because the global economy is losing $940 billion every year;...
  • Valuing the environment and customers

    By: Steve Creed, Director Business Programmes Posted: 26 Jul 2017
    In the UK, where around two million tonnes of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) is placed on the market each year, you’d be right to question the environmental impact.  Indeed this growing consumption means that over 1.5 million tonnes of waste EEE (WEEE) was generated in 2015 alone. Unless business models change, increasing population and growing resource scarcity and price...
  • Fashion industry walking the walk

    By: Steve Creed, Director Business Programmes Posted: 12 Jul 2017
    At WRAP we are firm believers that little can be achieved in isolation.  Our vision of a world in which resources are used sustainably is only possible if we come together to make it happen.  That is why we work with governments, businesses and communities, and work to unite people in a common cause.Our latest report into the environmental impact of the UK clothing industry demonstrates...
  • Using resources more sustainably to generate prosperity – a shared vision at #RTF17

    By: Marcus Gover, CEO WRAP Posted: 30 Jun 2017
    What will life be like in the UK 25 years from now, and what are the economic and environmental implications?  It sounds a long time away, but the thing about the future is that the actions of the past can’t be changed once you get there.That’s why at WRAP we’re not waiting for the future – we’re thinking about 2040 now.  And we’re not the only ones.  I was delighted to have the...
  • How moving towards a circular economy can drive productivity

    By: Marcus Gover, CEO WRAP Posted: 21 Apr 2017
    It was good to see resource efficiency as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper. This approach has the potential to deliver significant increases in the UK’s productivity, jobs and growth, as well as carbon and other environmental benefits, which is what I said in WRAP’s response.  In welcoming the current proposals for including resource efficiency in one of the strategy’...
  • Time to unite in the Food Waste Fight: The business case to act and reduce food waste and loss

    By: Marcus Gover, CEO WRAP Posted: 7 Mar 2017
    With one third of all food produced on this planet wasted or lost, food waste is a colossal challenge we can’t afford to ignore.  Neither can businesses, municipalities, and governments afford to ignore our new report, co-authored with the World Resources Institute, on behalf of Champions 12.3.‘The Business Case for Reducing Food Loss and Waste’ report finds significant returns for company...
  • Food waste is a battle we can win by working together

    By: Marcus Gover, CEO WRAP Posted: 13 Jan 2017
    “Where there is unity there is always victory,” wrote Publilius Syrus around 46BC.  So this week when we see that progress in reducing UK household food waste has stalled, it doesn’t mean we are losing.  It means we need to unite in the fight against food waste.More people are talking about food waste than ever before, which is great news.  But it isn’t enough.  7.3 million...
  • WRAP Cymru shines the spotlight on Welsh innovation and collaboration at its 2016 conference

    By: Julie Hill, WRAP Chair Posted: 30 Nov 2016
    It was my great pleasure last week to open the WRAP Cymru conference.  Wales has taken an international lead on sustainability through its Well-being of Future Generations Act – the extraordinary and so far unique measure of compelling public bodies to consider the effects of their decisions on generations to come.  The Act provides the wider context for an ambitious Welsh Government...
  • A recipe for people and planet

    By: Steve Creed Posted: 17 Oct 2016
    I’ll admit - I’m a Great British Bake Off fan. In fact, I like baking full stop. Many of us bake for fun or to relax, for special occasions or celebrations. I particularly like baking as a treat for friends, family and loved ones, so care and passion always goes into baking. And I’m not the only one – during the GBBO premier this year, there was a surge in people searching eBay for baking...
  • Going for gold – the race to beat global food waste

    By: Dr Richard Swannell, Director Development Programmes Posted: 26 Sep 2016
    2016 has been a huge year for UK athletes. Scores of sportsmen and women smashed personal bests and brought home an amazing haul of medals from Rio. The Olympic and Paralympic Games showcase the best in the world where skill, training, ambition and action are key to success. Watching the Games I was struck by how these same drivers are essential in another Herculean task that we all face,...
  • It's all about the jeans

    By: Marcus Gover, CEO, WRAP Posted: 16 Sep 2016
    If you are going to talk the talk then you need to walk the walk.  That has never been more important than earlier this week when I delivered my first speech as WRAP CEO at RWM, and I decided to wear my Nudie jeans.  I didn’t realise they would cause so much interest on Twitter - although admittedly not quite as much as #RecycleWeek, which was trending at No3! - but I’m delighted they...