Press releases

Press release 1 September 2021
  • WRAP identifies a 20% potential increase in profits for UK farms through minimising food surplus and waste.
  • Collaboration with Ribena and their growers unearths much higher levels of blackcurrant waste than previously thought, and opportunities to tackle this.
  • An estimated 3.6 million tonnes of food goes to surplus and waste in UK agriculture, worth £1.2 billion.
Press release 20 August 2021
  • Positive food management behaviours adopted during lockdown led to a 43% decline in food waste, but as the UK reopens household food waste is rising.
  • With three in 10 people now classified as ‘high food wasters’, Love Food Hate Waste urges the public to remember that Wasting Food Feeds Climate Change.
  • Businesses should focus on how they can help prevent food waste in the home and nudge people towards habits that stop waste from happening.
Press release 28 July 2021

The Walmart Foundation has awarded nearly US$750,000 to WRAP, the UK’s leading sustainability charity delivering behaviour change interventions (BCIs), to develop new interventions to slash household food waste in the UK and Canada, in a partnership with the National Zero Waste Council in Canada.

Press release 20 July 2021
  • World-leading Courtauld Commitment 2030 sets 50% greenhouse gas target for 2030.
  • Pioneering work under Courtauld Commitment keeps UK on track to cut carbon, slash food waste and ease water insecurity.
  • Associate Membership expands Courtauld with opportunity for hundreds of UK businesses to fulfil their sustainability goals.
Press release 15 July 2021

Marcus Gover, WRAP CEO “The National Food Strategy is one of the most important reviews of our food system in decades. It highlights the huge challenges we face in transforming our food system into one that supports healthy citizens, and a healthy planet. It will inspire difficult conversations by raising uncomfortable issues that we all need to address as individuals, businesses, and Governments today.

“Action is critical now if we hope to protect our world from the effects of climate change and feed ourselves. We must transform our food system to dramatically reduce the negative impact food production has on the environment, and into one where we all have more sustainable diets. WRAP’s practical work with businesses and other partners embodies the holistic approach to change across supply chains described in the Strategy, and we’re proud to be a part of this transformation.

“We are putting greenhouse gas reduction at the very heart of the Courtauld Commitment and our work on sustainable food, and will be unveiling a new GHG industry target next week. This, together with minimising food waste and better water stewardship, will help towards the National Food Strategy’s ambition of an efficient, carbon neutral food system.”

Press release 10 June 2021
  • Surplus food redistributed in 2020 topped 92,000 tonnes with food worth £280 million - the equivalent of 220 million meals - saved from waste.
  • Grants* totalling almost £12m have helped drive the largest annual increase in food redistribution since records began.
  • Work still needed to capture surplus food – WRAP’s new redistribution Best Practice puts the focus on retailer ‘own label’ food in the supply chain.
Press release 4 June 2021
  • Recycle Week 2021 puts climate crisis at its heart
  • More donors pledge support - WRAP urges more to lead by example
Press release 27 May 2021

The UK Plastics Pact, managed by WRAP, has launched a new membership category to enable SMEs, start-up businesses and businesses that have smaller plastic packaging portfolios to join the ambitious programme.

Press release 20 May 2021

Workers who carry out collections of kerbside glass for recycling can be exposed to high levels of noise, a new report has found. Some of these noise levels could be breaching the Control of Noise at Work Regulations.

Press release 17 May 2021
  • Nearly half of those who saw Food Waste Action Week 2021 messaging reported either doing something differently to reduce food waste or planning to in future.
  • Building on 2021’s success, Food Waste Action Week 2022 dates announced as 7th to 13th March - organisations urged to sign up.