The view from WRAP

  • Extending our global impact on food waste

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 17 Sep 2014
    Just about to head off for RWM and wanted to quickly share some good news that’s emerged overnight, and to offer a sneak preview for what I am going to talk about today. Our campaign, Love Food Hate Waste, has extended its global impact as we have secured a partnership with Metro Vancouver to deliver a food waste minimisation programme. It’s a proud moment for all the team on our Love Food...
  • 50% recycling rate - it's not going to be easy

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 8 Aug 2014
    The recycling rates published this week are disappointing. They support the view that many in the sector have been worrying about for some time – that we look increasingly likely to miss the 50% recycling rate in 2020.We really can’t let this happen. I know there are lots of people out there who care about this. It’s not just about the target, it’s also the valuable resources that are lost from...
  • An important step on road to charity status

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 4 Aug 2014
    WRAP’s members today overwhelmingly backed our plans to apply for charitable status at a special meeting. It was very gratifying to receive this support for such an important step on our road to plan a successful future for WRAP. In the next few weeks, we will be submitting our application to the Charity Commission, outlining our proposals. Our hope is to achieve charity status by the end of...
  • Boosting recycling – opportunity not problem

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 1 Aug 2014
    On my way to work this morning I noticed something. Many houses had their recycling bins outside ready for collection, but many didn’t. It struck me that it’s still not second nature to us to know how and what we can recycle on a daily basis, despite making significant progress in recent years.   Since publishing our report ‘Barriers to Recycling’, we’ve continued to explore this area....
  • Actions speak louder than words

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 29 Jul 2014
    I welcomed the opportunity to give evidence at the first Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry on the circular economy, and it was good to see the concluding report 'Growing a circular economy: Ending the throwaway society' and its conclusions. I was struck by the level of recognition for the value of the circular economy, notable in the report’s recommendations.The circular economy is gaining...
  • Future challenges

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 11 Jul 2014
    This week has been a busy one for WRAP. I gave evidence to the Environment Select Committee on waste management, the development of the next stage in our new plan to bring the electricals sector together, the publication of our new intelligence about gate fees...and there’s more happening next week. The week has led me to reflect on a few things.Firstly - this week has reinforced for me...
  • Coming to a city near you!

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO Posted: 24 Jun 2014
    Anyone who has been to London’s famous Borough Market, could not escape the array of fine food on sale from the suppliers. It’s an oasis of fresh ingredients in the heart of the city. But, just like any market, part of what leaves will unfortunately end up in the bin. This is why I’m so passionately behind what’s about to begin this Friday. We will be sending expert chefs to Borough...
  • The circular economy is just the job

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO Posted: 4 Jun 2014Comments: 1
    This week marks ‘Green Week’, the biggest conference on European environment policy, and top of the bill is the circular economy. It is testament to the value now placed on the need to factor circular principles into the way we rethink and redo business. Already at the event, it was interesting to hear DG Environment Karl Folkenberg’s hints about what is to be in the commission’s forthcoming...
  • A European breakthrough

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO Posted: 27 May 2014Comments: 1
    Something happened this week which made me reflect on the way in which some things you work on for a long time, apparently only making slow progress, can finally come through and deliver significant results.The reason for my thinking about this was the publication by the European Commission of the new block exemption under the Environmental Guidelines. The State Aid regulations can seem a bit...
  • Landmark day

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO Posted: 23 May 2014
    There’s been so much talk about tackling global food waste. But now, we’re moving from talking, to doing. Today, we are beginning a seismic shift, directly confronting the problem and making the first steps towards a positive change. The introduction of the world’s first guidance document, which outlines ‘the how’ to tackle food waste, is being launched today, to the benefit of governments,...
  • Recycling - We’ve come a long way

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO WRAP Posted: 28 Apr 2014
    This blog was first published on the Coca-Cola Enterprises website as part of the Recycling Challenge.Ten years ago what did you do with your Coke can once you’d finished the drink? Like most of us, I bet that empty can went straight into the kitchen bin without a second thought. Can you imagine doing that now? I don’t think so. Fortunately we’re now far more likely to put it in the recycling box...
  • Collaboration is the Key to Success

    By: Carl Nichols Posted: 11 Apr 2014
    I was excited to start my new job as Head of WRAP Cymru this month, having worked at WRAP for almost a decade, most recently as Head of Business and Markets. It’s been a privilege to work with talented and dedicated colleagues throughout the past ten years and I am looking forward to working with the WRAP Cymru team to contribute to our continued success.Wales has a reputation as something of a...
  • Acting on a good idea

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO WRAP Posted: 5 Mar 2014
    Yesterday’s Resource Event perfectly highlighted the growing interest in the circular economy. It attracted a wide range organisations and individuals and the attendance was good at the sessions in the theatre area – where there were some stimulating discussions about the circular economy.It’s great that we’re talking and sharing expertise like this - turning this talk into action is the obvious...
  • The future voice of Wales

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO WRAP Posted: 20 Feb 2014
    This is a big week for Wales, a week of opportunity, and I was delighted to be in Cardiff while so much public debate is taking place about the country’s future.  The ‘National Conversation - The Wales We Want’ was launched this week to great fanfare by Sustainable Futures Commissioner Peter Davies along with Sir Jonathon Porritt, and actor Michael Sheen. The Conversation will gather public...
  • The business of working together

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO WRAP Posted: 11 Feb 2014Comments: 1
    I love days like today, coming into the office knowing that we’re rolling out new ideas which will help businesses and consumers make real changes which make a real difference. The positive reaction we’ve had today to our new Love your Clothes campaign and the new SCAP 2020 targets are really important because change only happens if people get excited by an idea – it’s facts like the £140 million...
  • Rewarding Start to 2014

    By: Iain Gulland - Director, Zero Waste Scotland Posted: 20 Jan 2014
    Last week I was honoured to be voted No.1 in the Resource Magazine Hot 100. It was a humbling experience to be presented with the ‘award’ at the inaugural Kit Strange Memorial Lecture, in the Houses of Parliament.  The weekend has allowed me time to reflect and – indulgently perhaps – I’d like to use my first blog of 2014 to set out the acceptance speech I might have given, if I had been...
  • New sustainable business models grow from small acorns

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO WRAP Posted: 23 Dec 2013
    The challenge is vast, but tinkering is paving the way for major change and shouldn't be underestimated, writes Liz Goodwin in the Guardian Sustainable BusinessChanging business practice often means disruption and being prepared to take calculated risks. So when things are going OK is it surprising that firms are cautious about change? Unless you're reckless, you only change your business if...
  • Saying goodbye to the Gardyloo culture

    By: Iain Gulland - Director, Zero Waste Scotland Posted: 4 Dec 2013
    As a student I was ‘fortunate’ to go on a trip on the MV Gardyloo, the sewage ship which sailed from Leith three times a week to dump Edinburgh’s sewage out in the North Sea.  A memorable trip, my purpose was to view seabirds rather than comment on a practice which was soon to be stopped as new legislation was brought in in 1990.  The name of the ship Gardyloo was a throwback to a...
  • Dryden Aqua show they have the bottle

    By: Iain Gulland - Director, Zero Waste Scotland Posted: 27 Nov 2013Comments: 2
    Last week I attended the opening of the award winning Dryden Aqua new glass reprocessing plan in Midlothian. The £5 million plant accepts green glass and reprocesses it into a filtration media for use in swimming pools and water treatment works. But the alchemy which the owner and founder Howard Dryden has developed goes even further with a new product to clean up drinking water in the developing...
  • Appetite building for Thursday…

    By: Dr Ian Garner Posted: 18 Nov 2013
    On Thursday WRAP Northern Ireland opens the doors of Belfast Metropolitan College for a major conference on the global issue of food waste, and the circular economy.WRAP’s research shows that while great strides have been made in reducing food waste the problem remains endemic in the UK, and 7 million tonnes of food waste is still produced every year from our homes. To make matters worse, an...