Guidance on Plastics Collection, Sorting and Reprocessing

WRAP’s information on plastics includes guides to the collection, sorting and reprocessing from commercial organisations, households, Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) and recycling bring banks. 

What is WRAP doing?

Working with local authorities, reprocessors, MRFs and commercial organisations, WRAP has developed a number of tools and guidance for organisations to develop processes for more effective communications, collections and recycling of household and commercial plastics.

What can my organisation do?

Using WRAP’s independent research, advice and resources, organisations disposing of bulky items or those collecting and sorting can find innovative technologies, techniques and processes to increase their recycling rates and decrease the costs to their organisation and the environment.

Plastics packaging

Around 40% of plastic is used in packaging and the UK generates around 2.4 million tonnes per year of packaging waste. Of this, around 1.7 million tonnes is from households.

Plastic packaging plays an important role in protecting goods and extending the shelf life of food products but once it has been discarded it remains a valuable resource. Recycling this material to use it again in the manufacture of new plastic items keeps this resource in the economy, out of landfill, and delivers economic and environmental benefits by reducing the use of virgin plastics.

To find out how to reap the benefits of different types of plastic:

Types of plastic packaging >>
Plastic bottles >>
Rigid plastic packaging >>
Mixed plastic packaging >>
Plastic film packaging >>

Sorting and reprocessing plastics

How plastics are sorted and reprocessed are key to a circular approach to plastics recycling. Through advanced sorting processes, using new techniques and technologies for reprocessing, and by encouraging production with recycled content (rather than virgin plastics) local authorities, waste managers and MRF operators can reduce their environmental footprint whilst adding value in their supply chain.

Plastics Compositional Analysis at MRFs >>
Recycling post-consumer film trials >>
Recycling of aluminium plastic laminated tubes and pouches >>
In market trial to prove closed loop process for black CPET trays >>

Plastics markets

Having knowledge of the key markets for recycled content, Packaging Waste Recovery Notes (PRN) prices and gate fees are essential to anyone working in the plastics recycling, sorting or processing industry.

WRAP provides key market knowledge across a number of markets and about a number of different materials:

Uses for recycled plastic >>
Plastics Recycling Business Opportunities Report >>
Plastics PRN Prices >>
End market applications for household polyethylene film pellets >>
Plastics Market Situation Report >>
Recovered materials markets >>

Where next?

Want to know more about plastics? Take a look at our reports, guides, tools and case studies for further information:

Reports >>
Guides >>
Tools >>
Case studies >>