Dry Materials

Our knowledge-base provides information on collecting and reprocessing different types of dry recyclables.

WRAP offers a number of reports, guides and independent studies focussing on recycling and reprocessing techniques for particular materials including: textiles, electricals, metals, plastics, glass, paper, wood, and bulky items.

Textiles

Organisations in the clothing industry can find new opportunities and develop fresh revenue streams by capturing some of the clothing that is discarded, with more than 25% of post-consumer clothing ending up in the household waste bin.

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Electricals

WRAP partners with businesses in the electrical and electronics industry to identify opportunities for business growth through adopting sustainable business practices which put the lifecycle of products and customer experience at their heart.

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Metals

WRAP’s independent research on metals covers a range of areas including recycling, reprocessing and collection methods for metal packaging and household metals, as well as recovered material market pricing and MRF gate fees.

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Plastics

WRAP’s work on plastics on focusses how local authorities can work with commercial organisations and MRF operators on reprocessing plastics for the manufacture of new plastic items, keeping this resource in the economy and reducing the use of virgin plastics.

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Glass

WRAP’s information on glass includes guides to collecting and sorting glassware from commercial organisations, households, Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) and recycling bring banks as well as information on the costs and quality outputs of reprocessed glass products.

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Paper

WRAP’s information on paper includes guides to collecting and sorting paper and cardboard from commercial organisations, households, Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) and recycling bring banks as well as information on the costs, quality and procurement of recycled paper products.

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Wood

WRAP’s information on recycling, reprocessing and selling of wood products includes guides to recycling and sorting different types of woods from mixed recycling streams, dealing with wood contaminants in the recycling process, discovering the markets for recovered wood materials and ensuring recycled material meets PAS reprocessing standards for quality output.

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Bulky items

WRAP provides practical guidance on the re-use and recycling of bulky household items collected from the home and at Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs). This includes information on processes and options to manage this waste stream effectively.

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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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Organics

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

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Recovered Materials Markets

WRAP provides comprehensive business support and market information for organisations buying or selling reprocessed materials (such as manufacturers, materials facilities, and reprocessors), seeking to find out the latest gate fees for waste treatment or wanting general information about market trends.

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Communications

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

WRAP’s 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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Deliver 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

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