Resources

Report
24 October 2023

The 2022 Plastics Market Situation report updates on the amount of plastic packaging Placed On the Market (POM), collection rates, recycling rates, and provides an update on key developments over the past few years highlighting the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Key themes: 
  • Fall in plastic packaging placed on the market
  • Movement away from rigid plastic packaging towards lightweight and flexible plastics in the consumer sector.  
  • Domestic recycling of plastic has increased to 53%.
  • Planned recycling capacity increases will be a boost but will still fall well below current levels of plastic packaging consumption.  
  • Collection rates are improving for plastic packaging with more flexible plastic, rigid plastics, plastic bottles and PTTs being collected at kerbside. 
Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • The UK Plastics Pact
  • Plastic packaging design
  • Global Plastics Pacts
  • Film and flexible packaging
  • Waste management and end markets
  • Market situation reports
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
  • Packaging producers
  • National government and departments
  • Non-governmental organisations
Webinar
3 October 2023

In this webinar the Local Authority team will get you up to speed on everything you need to know about WRAP’s Gate Fees 2022/2023 report.

Initiatives:
  • Collections & recycling
  • Recovered materials markets
  • Gate fees
Sector:
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
  • Packaging producers
Report
6 September 2023

The Gate Fees 2022/23 report summarises the findings of WRAP’s sixteenth annual gate fees survey. The survey covers gate fees charged to local authorities in the UK for a range of municipal waste recycling, recovery, and disposal options.

Initiatives:
  • Collections & recycling
  • Recovered materials markets
  • Gate fees
Sector:
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
Report
25 July 2023

The scale of plastic pollution from composts and digestates, its potential impact and opportunities for its mitigation are largely unquantified. This project has explored some of these questions to develop an understanding of the knowledge base and data gaps.

    Initiatives:
    • Collections & recycling
    • Organics
    • Recovered materials markets
    Sector:
    • Farmers and growers
    • Waste management and reprocessors
    • Local Authorities
    • National government and departments
    Report
    1 December 2022

    Through The UK Plastics Pact we are redesigning the plastics system, working across the entire plastics value chain to reduce its climate impact, by stopping plastic waste, and the harmful emissions of new plastic production, keeping the material in the economy and out of the environment.

    We are over halfway to The UK Plastics Pact targets and our 2021-22 annual report gives an honest appraisal of progress and challenges. 

    Initiatives:
    • 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
    • Collections & recycling
    • Consistency in collections
    • Contamination prevention
    • Collections and sorting
    • Kerbside collection
    • Re-use
    • Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
    • Market situation reports
    Sector:
    • Hospitality and food service
    • Manufacturers
    • Retailers and brands
    • Waste management and reprocessors
    • Local Authorities
    • Packaging producers
    • Trade associations
    • National government and departments
    • Non-governmental organisations
    Webinar
    11 October 2022

    In this webinar the Local Authority team will get you up to speed on everything you need to know about WRAP’s Gate Fees 2021/2022 report.

    Initiatives:
    • Collections & recycling
    • Recovered materials markets
    • Gate fees
    Sector:
    • Waste management and reprocessors
    • Local Authorities
    Report
    2 August 2022

    The Gate Fees 2021/22 report summarises the findings of WRAP’s fifteenth annual gate fees survey. The survey covers gate fees charged to local authorities in the UK for a range of municipal waste recycling, recovery, and disposal options.

    Initiatives:
    • Collections & recycling
    • Collections and sorting
    • Dry materials
    • Recovered materials markets
    • Gate fees
    Sector:
    • Waste management and reprocessors
    • Local Authorities
    Report
    15 June 2022

    In February 2022 the UK Government published a Levelling Up White Paper, outlining policy interventions which aim to improve opportunity and boost livelihoods across the country as we recover from the pandemic.  At the same time, as the Government seeks to deliver its Net Zero Strategy.  The challenge is therefore how we can level up and grow our economy whilst also reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.

    Initiatives:
    • Market situation reports
    Sector:
    • National government and departments
    Report
    6 October 2021

    The 2021 Plastics Market situation report provides in-depth information on the latest economic, market and regulatory trends affecting the capture and recycling of plastics. It explores key developments over the past few years and highlights the challenges and opportunities for the decade ahead.

    Initiatives:
    • Plastic Packaging
    • The UK Plastics Pact
    • Waste management and end markets
    • Collections & recycling
    • Material Recovery Facilities
    • Recovered materials markets
    • Market situation reports
    Sector:
    • Manufacturers
    • Retailers and brands
    • Waste management and reprocessors
    • Local Authorities
    • Packaging producers
    • Trade associations
    • National government and departments
    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
    Webinar
    26 March 2021

    A webinar to launch the updated Local Authority Material Sales Guide and information to help LA officers maximise the benefit they obtain for the dry recyclables they collect.

    Initiatives:
    • Collections & recycling
    • Collections and sorting
    • Kerbside collection
    • Dry materials
    • Recovered materials markets
    Sector:
    • Waste management and reprocessors
    • Local Authorities
    Report
    26 March 2021

    Our plan for achieving Net Zero.

    This report unveils new insights on how resource efficiency and resource sufficiency can cut greenhouse gas emissions. Developed in collaboration with CREDS researchers at the University of Leeds, it offers a clear, practical roadmap which delivers quick wins.

    Initiatives:
    • Plastic Packaging
    • Waste management and end markets
    • Food and drink
    • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
    • Whole chain resource efficiency
    • Household food waste
    • Textiles
    • Consumer behaviour
    • Re-use & recycling
    • Non-clothing textiles
    • Design for extending clothing life
    • Re-use
    • Recovered materials markets
    • Product durability
    • Minimising product returns
    Sector:
    • National government and departments
    • Non-governmental organisations