Resources

Webinar
17 November 2023

Restricted Residual Collections (whether a smaller bin or extended frequency in collections) are becoming increasingly common by Local Authorities, in a drive to increase and improve recycling performance, reduce residual waste arisings and focus citizen behaviour. This movement is particularly evident in Wales and Scotland, less so in England.

Initiatives:
  • Collections & recycling
  • Consistency in collections
  • Service design
  • Communicating with residents
  • Contamination prevention
  • Collections and sorting
  • Kerbside collection
  • Dry materials
Sector:
  • Local Authorities
Guide
14 November 2023

A summary of USA packaging Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) developments in during 2023.

Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • Eliminating problem plastics
  • Plastic packaging design
  • Film and flexible packaging
  • Waste management and end markets
  • Food and drink
  • Textiles
  • Collections & recycling
  • Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
  • Packaging producers
  • National government and departments
Report
13 November 2023
Initiatives:
  • The UK Plastics Pact
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
Webinar
10 November 2023

The latest Recycling Tracker results from March 2023 were published during Recycle Week 2023. The tracker results demonstrate several key findings about the recycling behaviours of people from across the UK. The annual survey of UK citizens has been running since 2004, it gathers evidence on recycling attitudes, knowledge, and behaviours.

Initiatives:
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Collections and sorting
  • Re-use
Sector:
  • Local Authorities
Report
6 November 2023
Initiatives:
  • Textiles 2030
Sector:
  • Retailers and brands
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
Guide
26 October 2023

As much as 80% of a textile product’s environmental impact is determined at the design stage. Therefore, the decisions made by design and product development teams have a huge impact on a product’s environmental footprint – from the raw materials used, to how the product is manufactured, the length of time it is kept in use and what happens to it when it is no longer desired or reaches the end of its usable life.

There is a lot to think about, which is why we have created our Circular Design Toolkit - a go-to resource for the fashion and textiles industry.

Initiatives:
  • Textiles
  • Fibre & fabric selection
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Re-use & recycling
  • Non-clothing textiles
  • Design for extending clothing life
  • Textiles 2030
  • Re-use
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Textiles sourcers, producers and designers
  • Trade associations
  • National government and departments
  • Non-governmental organisations
Report
24 October 2023

The 2022 Plastics Market Situation report updates on the amount of plastic packaging Placed On the Market (POM), collection rates, recycling rates, and provides an update on key developments over the past few years highlighting the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Key themes: 
  • Fall in plastic packaging placed on the market
  • Movement away from rigid plastic packaging towards lightweight and flexible plastics in the consumer sector.  
  • Domestic recycling of plastic has increased to 53%.
  • Planned recycling capacity increases will be a boost but will still fall well below current levels of plastic packaging consumption.  
  • Collection rates are improving for plastic packaging with more flexible plastic, rigid plastics, plastic bottles and PTTs being collected at kerbside. 
Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • The UK Plastics Pact
  • Plastic packaging design
  • Global Plastics Pacts
  • Film and flexible packaging
  • Waste management and end markets
  • Market situation reports
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
  • Packaging producers
  • National government and departments
  • Non-governmental organisations
Report
18 October 2023

The Recycling Tracker is an annual survey of UK households that gathers evidence on recycling attitudes, knowledge, and behaviour. ​It is the largest and longest running of its kind, having been undertaken by WRAP since 2004. ​

The survey uses boost sampling in Northern Ireland to provide a robust, enhanced sample of Northern Irish citizens. Fieldwork was undertaken online, from 20 - 30 March 2023. A total of 5,343 interviews were undertaken UK-wide with adults who have responsibility for dealing with the rubbish and recycling in the home. This included a sample of 563 adults in Northern Ireland. The sample matches the known profile of the Northern Ireland population, with quotas set on age, gender, region and social grade.

Initiatives:
  • Collections & recycling
  • Consistency in collections
  • Service design
  • Communicating with residents
  • Contamination prevention
  • Collections and sorting
  • Kerbside collection
  • Recycling in urban areas
  • Dry materials
  • Organics
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
  • Packaging producers
  • National government and departments
Report
18 October 2023

The Recycling Tracker is an annual survey of UK households that gathers evidence on recycling attitudes, knowledge, and behaviour. ​It is the largest and longest running of its kind, having been undertaken by WRAP since 2004. ​

Fieldwork was undertaken online from 20 - 30 March 2023. A total of 5,343 interviews were undertaken with UK adults who have responsibility for dealing with the rubbish and recycling in the home. The sample matches the known profile of the population, with quotas set on age, gender, region, social class, and ethnicity.

Initiatives:
  • Collections & recycling
  • Consistency in collections
  • Service design
  • Communicating with residents
  • Contamination prevention
  • Collections and sorting
  • Kerbside collection
  • Recycling in urban areas
  • Dry materials
  • Organics
Sector:
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
  • Packaging producers
  • National government and departments
Report
16 October 2023

In November 2021, 65 stakeholders and partners from across all sectors of the UK food industry and water stewardship community made a commitment to collectively address water risk in the food and drink supply chain across the world and joined WRAP’s Water Roadmap, embarking on a collective journey to address water risk in our food & drink supply chain. 

This report tracks progress and gives an update on achievements, whilst outlining the urgent action needed to not only deliver on targets but create a sustainable supply chain and prioritise climate action.

Initiatives:
  • Food and drink
  • Water stewardship
  • Courtauld Commitment
Sector:
  • Farmers and growers
  • Hospitality and food service
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers and brands
  • National government and departments
  • Non-governmental organisations
Report
6 October 2023

This report details a high level market study into non-mechanical recycling technologies.

Initiatives:
  • Plastic Packaging
  • Plastic packaging design
  • Waste management and end markets
Sector:
  • Packaging producers
Webinar
3 October 2023

In this webinar the Local Authority team will get you up to speed on everything you need to know about WRAP’s Gate Fees 2022/2023 report.

Initiatives:
  • Collections & recycling
  • Recovered materials markets
  • Gate fees
Sector:
  • Waste management and reprocessors
  • Local Authorities
  • Packaging producers