Press releases

Press release 23 January 2024
  • Twelve national and regional Plastics Pacts meet in-person to ensure voluntary action sets the groundwork for forthcoming changes under the Global Plastics Treaty to end plastic pollution.
  • Public/private plastics partnerships, including more than 800 major business, are driving practical action towards a plastics circular economy in 18 countries with a combined population of nearly 2.4 billion people (30% of the world’s population).
Press release 10 January 2024

WRAP today announces a consultation on proposed changes and improvements to Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Measurement and Reporting Protocols for Food and Drink.

Press release 14 December 2023

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Press release 14 December 2023

‘Choose What You’ll Use.”

WRAP’s food waste prevention brand, Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW) announces fourth annual Food Waste Action Week (FWAW) – the UK’s largest food waste behaviour change campaign aiming to cut household food waste, reduce shopping bills and save the planet.

NEW DATES

Food Waste Action Week 2024 will now take place from the 18th – 24th March.

Press release 4 December 2023

Look to the future now. It’s only just begun…

Press release 4 December 2023

WRAP calls for policies to scale up UK’s circular economy and address inequality.

  • UK circular economy dominated by men - only one in four jobs go to women.
  • More women in lowest paid roles – predominately second-hand sales.
  • WRAP calls for action to address inequality in the circular economy.
Press release 30 November 2023

With 45% of global emissions linked to consumption, just concentrating on renewable energy will not halt climate change. We must change the way we make, use and throw away everyday things like food, clothes, household products and appliances. Addressing consumption-based emissions means making more ambitious commitments towards a circular economy and transforming our global food system. We must all adopt circular living.

Press release 27 November 2023

WRAP is calling on the nation to help NHS Trusts by returning any unwanted or faulty walking aids for reuse or recycling. The drive is estimated to save an average Trust around £46,000 per year and help reduce waste and carbon linked to a key NHS service.

Press release 23 November 2023
  • Food waste costs a four-person household around £1,000 per year in food bought, but not eaten.
  • 6.4 million tonnes (Mt) of food and drink thrown away in our homes in 2021 of which 4.7Mt could have been eaten: 12% of the 40Mt we buy every year.
  • Potatoes, cooked leftovers (home-made/pre-prepared meals), and bread top the UK’s wasted food table. UK households throw away 300,000t of meat and fish a year, costing £3.2 billion.
  • Industry and retailers cut their operational food waste, reduce carbon footprint of food, and improve water-use - but action by brands and retailers now critical to cut household food waste.
Press release 13 November 2023

UK Plastics Pact latest report demonstrates how important public/private partnerships are in delivering fast impact ahead of Global Plastic Treaty negotiations.

  • Public/private partnership models, like The UK Plastics Pact, must be in the DNA of the Global Plastics Treaty, alongside binding regulatory measures, if it is to achieve its enormous task, says WRAP.
  • 99% of problematic single-use plastic items eliminated in UK - household plastic packaging slashed by same weight as 440 male blue whales.
  • 71% of plastic packaging is now recyclable as UK routinely designs-out hard-to-recycle plastics like black ready meal trays.
  • 55% of plastic packaging is recycled, with the amount of materials reprocessed in the UK increasing by 61% since 2018.  
  • Recycled content has tripled since 2018.  
  • Changes to plastic packaging, including the increase in recycled content, has cut carbon emissions by 10.5%.