Resources

Guide
13 May 2021

The ambition of The UK Plastics Pact is for supermarkets to provide widespread collection points for plastic bags and wrapping in advance of kerbside collections, and collect 10% of material that is placed onto the market by the end of 2022. Consistency in these collection points will be important to avoid confusion for citizens and maximise the amount collected. This guide will help retailers simplify recycling for you and your customers. 

Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • Eliminating problem plastics
  • The UK Plastics Pact
  • Plastic packaging design
  • Film and flexible packaging
  • Waste management and end markets
Sector:
  • Retailers and brands
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
  • Trade associations
  • National government and departments
  • Non-governmental organisations
Guide
11 March 2021

Setting out the UK’s vision for best in class design in rigid household plastic packaging. Includes plastic packaging currently classed as recyclable and the ambition for recycled content. 

Updated Guidance: March 2021 

Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • Eliminating problem plastics
  • The UK Plastics Pact
  • Plastic packaging design
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
  • Packaging producers
  • Trade associations
Guide
16 February 2021

Textiles take-back schemes, where customers donate unwanted clothing to retailers to be re-used or recycled, are a key part of developing a more circular fashion industry.

Initiatives:
  • Textiles
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Non-clothing textiles
  • SCAP 2020
  • Textiles 2030
  • Collections & recycling
  • Re-use
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Re-use and recycling
Sector:
  • Retailers and brands
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
  • Waste management and reprocessors
Guide
10 November 2020

Expertise from the re-use and recycling sector is key in informing product design and end of life. Our Re-use and retailers signatory pack is a quick step tour of what Re-use and recycling organisations can expect as signatories of Textiles 2030, covering reasons to get involved, our ambitions and targets, as well as how to participate and what this entails.

Initiatives:
  • Textiles
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Non-clothing textiles
  • Textiles 2030
  • Collections & recycling
  • Re-use
  • Re-use and recycling
Sector:
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
Guide
10 November 2020

Produced in association with RECOUP this provides and highlights priority issues reported by those sorting and reprocessing rigid plastic packaging, together with solutions.

Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • Eliminating problem plastics
  • The UK Plastics Pact
  • Plastic packaging design
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Packaging producers
Guide
9 November 2020

PET (polyethylene terephthalate) is a type of resin and a form of polyester; it is commonly labelled with the code on or near the bottom of bottles and other containers. PET has some important characteristics such its strength, thermo-stability, gas barrier properties and transparency. It is also lightweight, shatter-resistant and recyclable.

Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • Eliminating problem plastics
  • The UK Plastics Pact
  • Plastic packaging design
Sector:
  • Waste management and reprocessors
Guide
24 September 2020

The following organisations have committed to the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap and the Target, Measure, Act principles.

Initiatives:
  • Food and drink
  • Reducing and preventing food waste
  • Measuring and reporting food waste
  • Surplus food redistribution
  • Courtauld 2025
  • Food Waste Reduction Roadmap
  • Guardians of Grub
  • Whole chain resource efficiency
  • UN SDG 12.3
Sector:
  • Farmers and growers
  • Hospitality and food service
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Trade associations
Guide
23 September 2020

This guidance provides detailed advice and practical examples on approaches for measuring food waste in effluent streams, primarily for food producers and manufacturers, supporting delivery of the UK’s Food Waste Reduction Roadmap.

Initiatives:
  • Food and drink
  • Reducing and preventing food waste
  • Courtauld 2025
  • Food Waste Reduction Roadmap
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Waste management and reprocessors
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 2025
  • 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
Guide
20 August 2020

The market knowledge portal summarises key trends affecting the recycling and reprocessing sector and acts as a portal to the underlying data sources.

Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • The UK Plastics Pact
  • Textiles
  • Dry materials
  • Organics
  • Re-use and recycling
Sector:
  • Waste management and reprocessors
Guide
19 August 2020

Traditionally, food waste collection schemes have been rolled out to flats as a blanket service, with all blocks of flats within a local authority’s boundaries receiving the same type of collection scheme.

Initiatives:
  • Collections & recycling
  • Service design
  • Collections and sorting
  • Kerbside collection
  • Recycling in urban areas
  • Organics
  • Re-use and recycling
Sector:
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities