Press releases

Press release 29 June 2020

Circular economy holds the key to post-COVID growth, says WRAP

Press release 24 June 2020
  • British public set to dispose of 67 million clothing items as UK comes out of lockdown.
  • Two in five citizens had a clothing clear-out during lockdown and most are storing items to donate to help charities. 
  • WRAP details the types of textiles and clothing to help the charitable sector, recyclers and local authorities prepare for influx of donations.
Press release 14 June 2020

WRAP is making its £1.5 million textiles grant fund more accessible and has streamlined the application process so that funds can be allocated more quickly. The deadline for applications – published as Thursday 18 June – no longer applies. Applications will now be assessed on a rolling basis until WRAP closes the scheme (or all funds are allocated).

The grants are intended to support projects that provide innovative ways for textile waste to be recycled or re-used, keeping it out of landfill or incineration so that it remains a valuable resource. The money is part of Defra’s £18m Resource Action Fund, set up to support key priority policy areas.

Press release 11 June 2020
  • Recognition for the Love Food Hate Waste campaign has doubled over the last 18 months.
  • According to WRAP’s latest citizen survey, (tracking behaviours and attitudes related to wasted food), 1 in 3 people (31%) now recognise the Love Food Hate Waste logo, compared to roughly 1 in 5 (15%) in November 2018. Furthermore, those people are far more likely to adopt good food management behaviours having heard or seen Love Food Hate Waste messages.
Press release 10 June 2020
  • First round of funding announced under TWO Government surplus food redistribution grant schemes
  • £1.1m funding awarded by the COVID-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant to 89 not-for-profit organisations in England; and 
  • £3.2m awarded under the Resource Action Fund Food Waste Prevention Grants to small- and large- scale redistribution projects in England.
Press release 20 May 2020

WRAP is pleased to announce that four schemes have won grants totalling nearly £1m as part of a UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) competition to find innovative solutions to plastic waste. The winning entrants to the UK Circular Plastics Flagship Projects competition demonstrated creative business ideas to reduce the environmental impacts of plastic and improve plastics recycling.

Press release 19 May 2020

WRAP’s new and ambitious ‘FLAWLESS’ food waste reduction partnership project has been awarded US $826,000/c.£677,000 in scale-up funding by the Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 (P4G) initiative.

Press release 14 May 2020

WRAP is pleased to announce that it has widened the scope of the £6.5 million Wales Circular Economy Fund. The fund was introduced in April 2019 to support the use of recycled materials by manufacturers in Wales. It can now also support preparation for re-use, refurbishment and re-manufacturing activities in Wales. This includes the production of sustainable goods to aid the global fight against coronavirus, such as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Press release 23 April 2020
  • New guidance urges more businesses, redistribution organisations and charities to look beyond the Best Before date.
  • No food surplus should go to waste, and redistribution should include more good quality food beyond the Best Before, says WRAP.
  • If stored correctly, food can be eaten days (e.g. bread), weeks (e.g. apples and crisps), months (e.g. biscuits and cereals) or even years (e.g. dried pasta and canned food) after the Best Before date.
Press release 17 March 2020

New guidance expanding the reach of the UK’s Food Waste Reduction Roadmap is published today, providing growers with advice on how best to measure food surplus and waste on farm to identify the causes; and help inform where action is needed.