The view from WRAP

  • Courtauld: a model for the world to follow in the fight against food waste

    By: Dr Marcus Gover, CEO, WRAP Posted: 31 Oct 2018
    In 2005, when we first embarked on our ambitious journey to tackle food and packaging waste in the UK through an expansive voluntary agreement which aimed to span the whole of the supply chain, there was a good helping of scepticism.How could we keep a huge, complex industry, often with competing interests, in an increasingly volatile economic environment, united under a single goal: to reduce...
  • Autumn Budget proposal to encourage recycled content in plastic packaging could be a game-changer

    By: Dr Marcus Gover, CEO, WRAP Posted: 30 Oct 2018
    In tackling the complex issue of plastic pollution, WRAP has consistently said that any fiscal measures need to be part of a holistic response which aims to transform the entire plastics system in the UK. We have also long argued for incentives to boost the demand for packaging made from recycled content. Along with colleagues from INCPEN and the Advisory Committee on Packaging I led a...
  • 'It's the economy, stupid'. Or is it?

    By: Dr Peter Maddox, Director, WRAP UK Posted: 18 Oct 2018
    'It's the economy, stupid' was coined by Bill Clinton's election strategist, James Carville, in 1992 to emphasise the single most important issue to voters. The mantra became established thinking; the economy was thought to trump all other areas of policy. However, is that still the case? Do we care about money above everything else?Scientists have long warned of the serious risks of rising...
  • Six months on: The UK Plastics Pact delivering action

    By: Dr Marcus Gover, CEO WRAP Posted: 16 Oct 2018
    I was inspired and excited to see so much content, commitment and collaboration at the Summit we held to mark the first six months of The UK Plastics Pact on October 11th.We heard about the fantastic progress towards meeting the ambitious Pact  targets which has been already made members and supporters in just six short months. Progress which demonstrates a real commitment to act, and to act...