The view from WRAP

  • 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...
  • What a week ahead

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO WRAP Posted: 4 Nov 2013
    There was a palpable buzz at the WRAP offices this morning – and looking at the week ahead it’s not hard to see why.This week we will be publishing a major study giving a fully fleshed-out picture of food waste in the UK: how much, what, what it’s worth. It will show what has changed since our ground-breaking The Food We Waste report, which for the first time shone light on the sheer scale of...
  • It's Happening

    By: Iain Gulland - Director, Zero Waste Scotland Posted: 4 Oct 2013
    What can I say about the Scottish Resources Conference which we’ve hosted with CIWM over the past two days that will give it any sort of meaning for those who weren’t able to make it?The short version is - where were you?  You really missed out.  It was inspiring, terrific, passionate, fantastic, thought-provoking.  Those aren’t my words – they’re a selection of those used by...
  • What we do and why we do it

    By: Iain Gulland - Director, Zero Waste Scotland Posted: 1 Oct 2013
    A secondary school teacher I know is as passionate about teaching as I am about recycling. But he often gets frustrated that when meeting new people and answering what he does for a living, he gets the same old, rather facetious, discussion that follows about so-called ‘long holidays’, the need to bring back the ‘tawse’, and what do teachers throw at kids now that blackboard dusters are no more.I...
  • Resource efficiency comes home

    By: Iain Gulland - Director, Zero Waste Scotland Posted: 20 Sep 2013Comments: 1
    It’s now five months since Resource Efficient Scotland was formed, bringing together for the first time expertise in waste, energy and water into a one-stop shop solution.  One of the challenges in the past few months has been taking the sometimes abstract idea of ‘resource efficiency’ and bringing it to life with tangible examples.  I think that the Resource Efficient House, which was...
  • Shedding some light on sustainable communities

    By: Iain Gulland - Director, Zero Waste Scotland Posted: 17 Sep 2013
    It was when we were gearing up to launch the Resource Efficient Scotland programme, that I was once slightly caught off guard when someone asked at a meeting what our plans were for street lighting.  I suppose I hadn’t really thought that street lighting would be part of the Resource Efficient Scotland brief, but how wrong I was.Estimates put local authority electricity costs at around 17%...