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Dry materials collection and reprocessing

Improving the quality and quantity of dry recyclables

Through a mixture of investment and ingenuity, kerbside collections of dry recyclables and food waste have increased dramatically since 2000 and are now commonplace.

During this time WRAP has worked alongside recycling organisations, reprocessors and local authorities to develop extensive resources designed to improve kerbside collections.

Discover how local authorities and other organisations can create economic and environmental benefits through more efficient and consistent collection arrangements and can work with citizens to ensure the quality of the materials collected is suitable for closed-loop recycling.

Kerbside collection

WRAP offers a number of reports, guides and independent studies focussing on collecting and reprocessing techniques for different types of dry recyclables including: textiles, electricals, plastics, glass and cartons.


WRAP’s work on plastics on focusses how local authorities can work with commercial organisations and MRF operators on reprocessing plastics for the manufacture of new plastic items, keeping this resource in the economy and reducing the use of virgin plastics.


WRAP’s information on glass includes guides to collecting and sorting glassware from commercial organisations, households, Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) and recycling bring banks, as well as information on the costs and quality outputs of reprocessed glass products.


Organisations in the clothing industry can find new opportunities and develop fresh revenue streams by capturing some of the clothing that is discarded, with more than 25% of post-consumer clothing ending up in the household waste bin.


WRAP partners with businesses in the electrical and electronics industry to identify opportunities for business growth through adopting sustainable business practices which put the lifecycle of products and customer experience at their heart.


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