The view from WRAP

  • The UK Plastics Pact 100 days: From ambition to action

    By: Marcus Gover, CEO, WRAP Posted: 6 Aug 2018
    The UK Plastics Pact was borne out of the unprecedented ‘perfect storm’ of concern, and subsequent determination, to tackle plastic pollution and the damage it was inflicting on our environment.100 days has passed since we launched our pioneering initiative which has brought together government, business and citizens under a collective ambition to transform the plastic system and keep plastic in...
  • Unprecedented appetite for change at RTF18

    By: Julie Hill, Chair, WRAP Posted: 15 Jun 2018
    The Resourcing the Future Conference is one of those events where I wish I could distill the collective expertise in the room and share it instantly with policy-makers in governments and decision-makers in businesses across the UK. Are compostable plastics good or bad? Carbon metrics better than weight-based? Need to know how to build markets for secondary materials, prevent waste crime or...
  • Social norms: the next step in improving recycling behaviours

    By: Sarah Clayton, Head of Citizen Behaviour Change Posted: 6 Jun 2018
    In the quest to improve recycling and beat the UK’s current plateau WRAP’s Recycle Now campaign team has explored new approaches and ideas for recycling communications. What we found has implications for how recycling should be communicated all over the UK.We started by examining the things that really drive individual in-home recycling behaviours. Drawing on insights from academic studies as...
  • Reform to regulations relating to packaging

    By: Marcus Gover, CEO, WRAP Posted: 15 May 2018
    The Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Gove, recently invited WRAP, along with INCPEN (Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment) and Defra’s Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) to facilitate a series of cross-sector discussions to inform how the UK could respond to and reduce the environmental impact of the way we use and dispose of plastic.For the last two months, we...
  • The unintended consequences of a War on Plastic

    By: Peter Maddox Posted: 19 Apr 2018
    I remember when tax breaks were introduced to encourage drivers to switch to diesel cars. It was with the best of intentions, aiming to reduce CO2 emissions and address climate change. The action made a difference, but in choosing to focus on one environmental impact, it neglected another – air pollution.  In recent years, evidence has grown that other emissions from diesel engines, notably...
  • It’s time for us all to take more responsibility for our waste

    By: Peter Maddox, Director at WRAP Posted: 5 Mar 2018
    First published by 2Degrees NetworkThe time has come for the UK to take more responsibility for its own waste. We should do this not only because China has stopped accepting low quality waste imports, or because post-Blue Planet there is unprecedented will to prevent waste from polluting the environment, but because we have a duty to ensure our waste is dealt with responsibly, whether in the UK...
  • Open letter on Plastic Waste and Recycling Strategy

    By: Marcus Gover, CEO, WRAP Posted: 12 Feb 2018
    Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Gove, recently invited WRAP to facilitate a series of cross-sector discussions to inform how the UK could respond and reduce the environmental damage caused by the way we use and dispose of plastic.In this open letter to key stakeholders, chief executive Marcus Gover reports back on the outcomes of the meetings and puts forward a comprehensive set...
  • Food waste measurement really counts

    By: Peter Maddox Posted: 8 Feb 2018
    I doubt many of us would just hand over our debit card at the register, enter the four-digit code, and then leave without first checking the bill. But that’s effectively what every food business that doesn’t measure its food waste is doing, every day.For food businesses, measuring food waste can help save you money and keep operations efficient. But knowing how, where and even when to start can...