Resources

Report
16 September 2021

WRAP works with governments, businesses and citizens to create a world in which resources are used sustainably. Read our April 2020-21 annual review to learn more about our mission to accelerate the move to a sustainable, resource-efficient economy.

Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • Eliminating problem plastics
  • The UK Plastics Pact
  • Plastic packaging design
  • Global Plastics Pacts
  • Reuse and refill
  • Film and flexible packaging
  • Waste management and end markets
  • Food and drink
  • Reducing and preventing food waste
  • Measuring and reporting food waste
  • Surplus food redistribution
  • Water stewardship
  • Courtauld Commitment
  • Food Waste Reduction Roadmap
  • Guardians of Grub
  • Guardians of Grub Becoming a Champion
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Food date labelling
  • Meat, poultry and fish
  • Fresh produce sector
  • Dairy sector
  • Bakery sector
  • Ambient foods sector
  • Convenience, chilled foods and frozen
  • Funding
  • Whole chain resource efficiency
  • Household food waste
  • Behaviour change interventions
  • TRIFOCAL
  • Refresh
  • UN SDG 12.3
  • Textiles
  • Fibre & fabric selection
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Non-clothing textiles
  • Design for extending clothing life
  • SCAP 2020
  • Textiles 2030
  • ECAP
  • Collections & recycling
  • Consistency in collections
  • Service design
  • Communicating with residents
  • Contamination prevention
  • Collections and sorting
  • Kerbside collection
  • Recycling in urban areas
  • HWRCs & bring sites
  • Commercial waste
  • Material Recovery Facilities
  • Re-use
  • Dry materials
  • Organics
  • Recovered materials markets
  • Market situation reports
  • Market snapshots
  • Gate fees
  • UN SDG 12.5
  • Electricals
  • Product durability
  • Minimising product returns
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Re-use and recycling
  • Circular Economy Fund
  • Public Sector Procurement Support
Sector:
  • Farmers and growers
  • Hospitality and food service
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
  • Packaging producers
  • Trade associations
  • National government and departments
  • Non-governmental organisations
Report
9 September 2021

This is the twentieth publication of data under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (Schedule 9), relating to the reporting period, October – December (Q4) 2019, and represents over 5 years of data reporting by MF operators.

The summary statistics presented in this commentary are intended to be representative of the MFs who have submitted the quarterly return. In England 85 facilities notified the Regulator (in accordance with the Regulations) for October – December 2019, of which all 85 submitted a quarterly data return. In Wales, 12 facilities notified the Regulator, of which all 12 submitted returns.

Initiatives:
  • Collections & recycling
  • Collections and sorting
  • Kerbside collection
  • Material Recovery Facilities
Sector:
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
Guide
11 September 2020

WRAP’s mission is to accelerate the move to a sustainable, resource-efficient economy through:

  • re-inventing how we design, produce and sell products
  • re-thinking how we use and consume products
  • re-defining what is possible through re-use and recycling
Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • Eliminating problem plastics
  • The UK Plastics Pact
  • Plastic packaging design
  • Global Plastics Pacts
  • Reuse and refill
  • Film and flexible packaging
  • Waste management and end markets
  • Food and drink
  • Reducing and preventing food waste
  • Measuring and reporting food waste
  • Surplus food redistribution
  • Water stewardship
  • Courtauld Commitment
  • Food Waste Reduction Roadmap
  • Guardians of Grub
  • Guardians of Grub Becoming a Champion
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Food date labelling
  • Meat, poultry and fish
  • Fresh produce sector
  • Dairy sector
  • Bakery sector
  • Ambient foods sector
  • Convenience, chilled foods and frozen
  • Funding
  • Whole chain resource efficiency
  • Household food waste
  • Behaviour change interventions
  • TRIFOCAL
  • Refresh
  • UN SDG 12.3
  • Textiles
  • Fibre & fabric selection
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Non-clothing textiles
  • Design for extending clothing life
  • SCAP 2020
  • Textiles 2030
  • ECAP
  • Collections & recycling
  • Consistency in collections
  • Service design
  • Communicating with residents
  • Contamination prevention
  • Collections and sorting
  • Kerbside collection
  • Recycling in urban areas
  • HWRCs & bring sites
  • Commercial waste
  • Material Recovery Facilities
  • Re-use
  • Dry materials
  • Organics
  • Recovered materials markets
  • Market situation reports
  • Market snapshots
  • Gate fees
  • UN SDG 12.5
  • Electricals
  • Product durability
  • Minimising product returns
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Re-use and recycling
Sector:
  • Farmers and growers
  • Hospitality and food service
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
  • Packaging producers
  • Trade associations
  • National government and departments
  • Non-governmental organisations
Guide
1 September 2020

Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) have a key role to play in the creation of high-quality/high-value recyclate streams that can be used as feedstock materials by a range of industries. The implementation of effective Quality Management Systems (QMS) can support this through consistency of approach, risk management and commercial differentiation.

Initiatives:
  • Collections & recycling
  • Collections and sorting
  • Material Recovery Facilities
Sector:
  • Waste management and reprocessors
Report
8 July 2020

In this webinar Peter Sainsbury, WRAP Lead Economist, talks about the shifts in recovered materials, including plastics, paper and card, textiles, metal and glass price volatility. Debbie Palfrey, WRAP Cymru Materials Marketing & Compliance Advisor, also discusses learning from Materials Marketing in Wales and strategies local authorities can employ.

Initiatives:
  • Collections & recycling
  • Material Recovery Facilities
  • Recovered materials markets
  • Market situation reports
Sector:
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
Report
19 December 2019

The latest textiles market situation report highlights recent developments in the market for UK used textiles as well as key factors shaping the outlook for the sector.

Initiatives:
  • Textiles
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Non-clothing textiles
  • Material Recovery Facilities
  • Recovered materials markets
  • Market situation reports
Sector:
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
  • Waste management and reprocessors
Report
5 November 2019

Join WRAP economist Peter Sainsbury, author of the Plastics Market Situation report, in a discussion on key developments in the plastics sector, specifically looking at how the amount of packaging produced and the closing of overseas export markets could impact local authorities.

Initiatives:
  • Collections & recycling
  • Material Recovery Facilities
  • Dry materials
  • Recovered materials markets
  • Market situation reports
Sector:
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
  • Packaging producers
Report
15 October 2019

WRAP has launched a series of market situation reports providing in-depth information on the latest economic trends and developments facing the UK’s recycling industry. Each report focuses on a different material stream and is presented in a compact, easily digestible format.

Initiatives:
  • Material Recovery Facilities
  • Dry materials
  • Organics
  • Recovered materials markets
  • Market situation reports
Sector:
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
Report
15 October 2019

The previous update to the Plastics Market Situation Report was published in 2011. This report provides an update on key developments over the past few years.

Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • Collections & recycling
  • Material Recovery Facilities
  • Dry materials
  • Recovered materials markets
  • Market situation reports
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Packaging producers
Case study
10 April 2019

WRAP is working in partnership with industry to develop a viable process to improve the identification and sorting of post-consumer packaging (including PET, HDPE and PP) suitable for food-grade application. The phases below provide an update on the progress made so far and the remaining challenges. For the latest report (2016) looking at fluorescent markers, see Phase 6.

Initiatives:
  • Collections & recycling
  • Kerbside collection
  • Material Recovery Facilities
  • Dry materials
Sector:
  • Packaging producers
Report
12 October 2018

The estimated quantity of plastic packaging placed on the market & recycled from 2017 to 2025 and the probability of compliance with national and European recycling targets.

Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • The UK Plastics Pact
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Material Recovery Facilities
Sector:
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Packaging producers
Report
12 October 2018

This report details compositional analysis of plastics received and produced by UK Material Recovery Facilities and Plastic Recovery Facilities. 

Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • The UK Plastics Pact
  • Collections & recycling
  • Collections and sorting
  • Kerbside collection
  • Material Recovery Facilities
  • Dry materials
Sector:
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities