In 2012, as part of its efforts to support Courtauld Commitment 2 signatories and other supply chain stakeholders, WRAP commissioned a project to identify, develop and communicate good practice in the use of resources and materials in collating palletised loads using filmic materials throughout the UK grocery supply chain.

Key objectives
  • Identify ways to reduce the amount of film used in pallet stabilisation and consequently the level of CO2 arising
  • Reduce the level of product waste attributable to film use in pallet stabilisation in the UK food and drinks sector


The research has determined the UK stabilisation film market at circa 140,000 tonnes with 77,000 tonnes being used in the food and drinks sector. Due to recent technological advances films are now available which offer the potential to reduce the amount of film used by around 50%.

From this research WRAP has developed an optimisation of pallet wrapping tool and good practice guidance for film use in pallet stabilisation operations:


To find information related to this report, please use the following links:

Optimisation of pallet wrapping film use >>
End markets for recycled household plastic film >>

Prices for recovered plastic film >>
Commercial scale trials >>

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