Resources

Guide
15 November 2018

The UK Plastics Pact is transforming the way that the UK makes, uses and disposes of plastic. The roadmap provides a framework for all businesses, including members to deliver the ambitious targets. This roadmap was updated in December 2020 to reflect progress of the Pact since April 2018 and to reflect new milestones on the path to 2025. 

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
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
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
Report
12 October 2018

This research assessed the impact of light-weighting plastic bottles on the sorting and recycling stages.

Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • The UK Plastics Pact
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
11 July 2018
Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • Food and drink
  • Measuring and reporting food waste
  • Surplus food redistribution
Sector:
  • Hospitality and food service
  • Retailers and brands
  • Local Authorities
Guide
5 June 2018

Wales has achieved great success in recycling and has come a long way in improving the recycling of plastics from households, achieving a 75% recycling rate for plastic bottles. It was also the first nation in the UK to introduce a single use carrier bag charge. However, there’s still work to do.

Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • The UK Plastics Pact
Sector:
  • National government and departments
Guide
1 May 2018
Initiatives:
  • Eliminating problem plastics
  • The UK Plastics Pact
Report
11 February 2018

The circular economy as a route to opportunity

Initiatives:
  • Waste management and end markets
Sector:
  • Waste management and reprocessors
Report
11 February 2018

In ‘Smart Growth: the economic case for the circular economy’ produced in WRAP’s capacity as a member of the Business in the Community (BITC)’s Circular Economy Taskforce, we research and summarise the economic case for moving towards a circular economy in the UK.

Initiatives:
  • Waste management and end markets
Sector:
  • Waste management and reprocessors
Report
17 July 2017

This report examines the environmental impact of the UK clothing industry. It highlights recent achievements in the sector, explores opportunities for businesses, and shares insights on consumer attitudes and behaviour toward clothing.

Initiatives:
  • Waste management and end markets
  • Fibre & fabric selection
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Design for extending clothing life
  • SCAP 2020
Sector:
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
Guide
22 June 2017

The Sustainable Clothing Guide is a practical guide to help brands and retailers to enhance the durability and quality of the clothing they produce.

Initiatives:
  • Waste management and end markets
  • Textiles
  • Fibre & fabric selection
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Design for extending clothing life
  • SCAP 2020
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Re-use and recycling
Sector:
  • Retailers and brands
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
Guide
25 January 2017

High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) is a type of resin commonly used in plastics bottles. It is widely used in the UK for fresh milk bottles, shampoo and detergent bottles.

Of the 306,000 tonnes of plastic bottles captured for recycling through local authority collections in 2011, HDPE bottles make up almost 50% of the stream. In the UK, in 2010, 76% of HDPE milk bottles were recycled.

Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • The UK Plastics Pact
  • Collections & recycling
  • Dry materials
Sector:
  • Waste management and reprocessors