Resources

Guide
17 March 2016

Waste prevention activities can be focused on particular waste materials and products. Please follow the links below for more information on the individual materials and how waste prevention activities can be formed around them.

Initiatives:
  • Reducing and preventing food waste
  • Measuring and reporting food waste
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Collections & recycling
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Re-use and recycling
Sector:
  • Local Authorities
Guide
5 March 2015

The benefits of face-to-face exchanges when it comes to re-using household items.

Initiatives:
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Re-use & recycling
Sector:
  • Local Authorities
  • Non-governmental organisations
Guide
3 March 2015

The Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) brings together clothing retailers, brands, suppliers, local authority representatives, recyclers, charities, trade bodies and the public sector to reduce the environmental footprint of clothing.

Initiatives:
  • Textiles
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Design for extending clothing life
  • SCAP 2020
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
  • Trade associations
  • National government and departments
  • Non-governmental organisations
Case study
3 March 2015

The production, use and disposal of clothes has a significant environmental impact. After transport, utilities, construction, and food, the clothing industry represents the fifth-biggest environmental footprint of any UK business sector. 

Initiatives:
  • Textiles
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Textiles 2030
Sector:
  • Local Authorities
  • Non-governmental organisations
Guide
3 March 2015

A WRAP study into the composition and re-use potential of household bulky textiles found that of all bulky waste in the UK around 19% (310,000 tonnes) consists of textiles.

Initiatives:
  • Non-clothing textiles
Sector:
  • Local Authorities
  • Non-governmental organisations
Case study
3 March 2015

The value of unused clothing in wardrobes has been estimated at around £30 billion. It is also estimated £140 million worth of clothing goes into landfill each year.

These estimates suggest there is an opportunity for local authorities to divert clothing waste away from disposal by promoting better care for clothing and alternative management options. Local authorities also have a role to play in providing advice on extending the life of clothes through enhanced care, re-use and recycling.

Initiatives:
  • Textiles
Sector:
  • Local Authorities
Report
9 May 2014

This report identifies and reviews end of life market opportunities for textile rag and fibre in the UK.

Initiatives:
  • Textiles
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Non-clothing textiles
  • SCAP 2020
Sector:
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • National government and departments
Guide
17 June 2013

This planning your activities section looks at the process of putting your ideas into a coherent implementation plan and provides you with a mechanism to ensure that all activities are completed on time and within budget. 

Initiatives:
  • Consumer behaviour
Sector:
  • Local Authorities
Guide
13 June 2013

This background section looks at the information you need to gather, in order to assess your current position and carry out a situational analysis (the next stage of the strategy development process).  

Initiatives:
  • Reuse and refill
  • Waste management and end markets
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Service design
  • Communicating with residents
  • Recycling in urban areas
  • Commercial waste
  • Consumer behaviour
Sector:
  • Local Authorities
Guide
16 March 2013

A practical guide to improving recycling performance through effective communications with your residents.

Initiatives:
  • Re-use & recycling
Sector:
  • Local Authorities
Report
24 October 2012

Introduction

This section of the data portal provides a summary of developments in the UK’s recovered textiles market.  The data presented here comes from respected, publicly available and regularly updated sources on the internet.  By following the link(s) above the graphics, you can find out more details on the source of the data and visit the sites to access the full data.

Initiatives:
  • Textiles
Sector:
  • Local Authorities
Report
24 October 2012

The chart below shows UK exports of used textiles in 2014 (% of total, in mass terms)

Initiatives:
  • Textiles
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Non-clothing textiles
Sector:
  • Manufacturers