WRAP outlines circular economy jobs by Parliamentary constituency

10th February 2016

WRAP today launches an exhibition at the Palace of Westminster, designed to show circular economy job opportunities for each Parliamentary constituency.

As part of this week-long exhibition, WRAP has also launched a new interactive online tool created through Google, which enables individuals to look at each constituency and understand the scope of circular economy employment potential.  

WRAP and Green Alliance’s Employment and the Circular Economy – Job creation in a more reso
urce efficient Britain
’ report, offered a detailed view of regional job opportunities for Britain. On the basis of this report, it was estimated that over 210,000 new jobs could be needed across UK, and that figure rises to half a million if the circular economy agenda was to receive significant development. 

Last year, WRAP also completed work that showed the jobs potential for the London and Europe.

Today’s launch builds on this work to demonstrate a detailed view of regional opportunities for the UK.

Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP said:

“WRAP has shown the jobs potential for Continent, Country and Capital. But now we’re drilling right down to the Constituencies - delivering indicative figures for MPs and their constituencies.  Boosting the economy, providing jobs and protecting the environment are key issues for any government. However, the circular economy could offer real benefits in all three areas, and promises to turn these issues into opportunities”.


A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extracting the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recovering and reusing products and materials. Circular economy jobs include repair, waste & recycling and rental & leasing sectors.

Examples of circular business models include designing goods to last longer, which can lead to greater reuse; greater repairability which can support the growing remanufacturing industry; and allowing for easy recovery of materials when a product is eventually recycled. Service models, which could include product maintenance and take back schemes as well as rental and peer-to-peer sharing models, also hold much potential.

1.      WRAP’s vision is a world where resources are used sustainably. It works in partnership with governments, businesses, trade bodies, local authorities, communities and individuals looking for practical advice to improve resource efficiency that delivers both economic and environmental benefits.

2.      Our mission is to accelerate the move to a sustainable resource-efficient economy through:

a.      re-inventing how we design, produce and sell products,

b.      re-thinking how we use and consume products, and

c.       re-defining what is possible through re-use and recycling.

3.      First established in 2000, WRAP is a registered charity.  WRAP works with UK governments and other funders to help deliver their policies on waste prevention and resource efficiency.  WRAP is a registered Charity No 1159512 and registered as a Company limited by guarantee in England & Wales No 4125764. Registered office at Second Floor, Blenheim Court, 19 George Street, Banbury, Oxon, OX16 5BH. 

For further information contact:

Kirsty Warren | Corporate PR Officer | WRAP

Direct 01295 819924|Mobile 07815 509022

Email Kirsty.Warren@wrap.org.uk