Collections and Reprocessing

WRAP is working with businesses, local authorities and waste managers to create a resource efficient economy.

The issues: Why collections and reprocessing?

The issues

What are the opportunities for more recycling and reprocessing?

Organisations working in the re-use and recycling sector can realise economic and environmental benefits from taking action to increase recycling rates, and improve the consistency of local recycling and food waste services.

Over the eight-year period to 2025 WRAP estimates the potential benefits to be in the order of:

£430M potential increase in revenue from sales of recovered materials
4.5M tonnes CO2(eq) potential reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
£240M potential increase in renewable energy sales
£30M savings to reprocessors and the recycling industry from lower contamination achieved through greater consistency

By working collaboratively to unlock these benefits, organisations working in the sector can also contribute to the delivery of national targets for waste recycling, fulfilling our UK and international responsibilities to the environment.

What is WRAP doing?

We are working with industry, local authorities and government to help households across the UK benefit from improved recycling collections, innovation in resource re-use and an overall reduction in waste.

To achieve this, WRAP has been working across a number of key areas to develop resources, guidance and practical examples to assist local authorities and organisations.

Find out more about our work in Collections and Reprocessing below:

Collections and Sorting

From kerbside collection and sorting trials, to our work on re-use, materials recovery facilities and consistency – WRAP provides extensive knowledge and experience based on over 15 years’ experience of working with local authorities to improve recycling.

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Dry Materials

WRAP provides information and support for local authorities, materials facilities and reprocessors on collection, sorting and reprocessing techniques for particular materials, including: textiles, electricals, metals, plastics, glass, paper, wood, and bulky household items.

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Organics

WRAP’s expert work on organics explores how organisations working in agriculture and food production can produce energy and create high quality compost through anaerobic digestion and in vessel composting.

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Recovered Materials Markets

WRAP provides comprehensive market information on material values, market trends and gate fees for waste treatment and disposal.

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Communications

Effective communications are essential in encouraging communities, employees and residents to recycle more things, more often.

WRAP’s Recycle Now resources will help you to motivate people to use your collections service and engage with your local recycling and re-use campaign.

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Our work in action...

See an example of the work we do.

WRAP has a successful track record supporting the industry, working with local authorities, communities and organisations to provide real measurable change...

Built with support from WRAP, on behalf of the Government, Biffa's mixed plastics recycling facility was the first integrated washing and sorting facility in the UK specifically designed to recycle rigid mixed plastics packaging...

Find out more about our work supporting waste managers and MRFs:

Collections and sorting

How can my organisation take action?

By working with WRAP your organisation can improve processes, find new techniques and work toward implementing best practice in your supply chain.

Benefit from Greater Consistency

Find out how you can benefit from WRAP's work on creating greater consistency in household recycling across England.

WRAP's Consistency Project

Reach Out to Consumers
and Residents

Join other local authorities to run consumer focussed campaigns and increase recycling rates through our Recycle Now campaign.

Recycle Now website

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Market Situation Reports

WRAP's Market Situation Reports provide comprehensive market information for those buying or selling reprocessed materials.

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Re-use and Recycling Textiles

Clothing designers, manufacturers and retailers can find new opportunities and develop fresh revenue streams by diverting some of the 30% of our textiles that end up landfill into markets for re-use and recycling.

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Re-use and Recycling Electricals

Electricals and electronics retailers and manufacturers can use WRAP's research to fully exhaust all the available value and working life from their products, recover precious metals and encourage customers to donate or sell products they no longer want.

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