Press releases

Press release 29 September 2020

WRAP will trailblaze a new week of action in March 2021 to wake the nation up to the environmental consequences of wasting food.

The inaugural Food Waste Action Week will run from Monday 1 to Sunday 7 March 2021, and will bring together organisations from retailers to local authorities, restaurants to manufacturers, and beyond. WRAP will work with a variety of partners to show that wasted food is an issue that affects everyone – and the planet. Wasted food contributes 8–10% of total man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and roughly one third of food produced around the world is wasted.

Press release 24 September 2020
  • Global food waste report names the UK an exemplar in the growing challenge to hit Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, as Food Waste Reduction Roadmap exceeds 210 businesses.
  • More than 60 businesses publicly report food surplus and waste data today, including 54 Tesco suppliers and international growers.
  • Sainsbury’s and Waitrose begin first Whole Chain Projects to tackle supply chain food waste under UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap.
  • Burger King UKMcDonald’s UK and Pret A Manger join Roadmap, and new hospitality pilot to inspire food waste champions across the country. 
  • Latest comparable data shows around 180,000t of food (worth £300 million) saved from becoming waste by Roadmap members.
Press release 21 September 2020

New stats show the UK cares more about the environment than ever before – nearly 9 in 10 households ‘regularly recycle’

Press release 29 July 2020

The easing of lockdown measures could see increased levels of wasted food in the UK, warns WRAP.

Research conducted in June 2020 shows that although people have found ways to manage their food better, self-reported waste has increased by 30% compared to the early stages of lockdown.

Press release 23 July 2020

WRAP is tackling the scourge of plastic pollution worldwide. Our priority is eliminating problematic and unnecessary plastics completely. 

Press release 14 July 2020

Urgent cross-sector action is required to develop a recycling system for soft flexible plastic packaging, like plastic bags and wrapping, according to WRAP.

Press release 7 July 2020

WRAP has announced Round 2 of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) competition to find innovative solutions to plastic waste. £475,000 will be awarded in Refill Infrastructure grants of between £50,000 - £150,000 for projects that trial new ways to implement refill infrastructure within an existing or new supply chain

Press release 2 July 2020

Recycle Now announced today that the theme for the 17th annual Recycle Week (21-27 September 2020) will thank the nation for continuing to recycle despite the challenges that COVID-19 has presented, under the banner ‘Together – We Recycle.’

Press release 1 July 2020

Six weeks after the publication of the EU Farm to Fork Strategy, a brand new report out today (Wednesday 1 July) outlines the additional action still needed to put the EU on track to SDG target 12.3 and halve food loss and waste by 2030.