WRAP launches new municipal MRF search tool to support closer communications across recycling supply chain

5th February 2009

Local authorities, reprocessors and other stakeholders in the recycling and waste management industry can now quickly and easily find municipal MRFs across the UK, following today’s launch by WRAP of a new online database.

Based on WRAP’s popular ORIS (Online Recycling Information System), the new tool is designed as a series of interactive maps with a search function which enables users to quickly identify and locate MRFs. The entries include information relating to the material streams the MRFs accept, their throughput capacities and the output materials they produce.

Promoting clearer, more open communications throughout the recycling supply chain is a key area of focus for WRAP. Not only does it help the different stages of the recycling and recovery process to better coordinate their activities - but it is also understood to have a direct influence on the quality of materials being submitted for processing by MRFs and, consequently, the quality of recyclate that can be produced.

Mike Falconer Hall, Materials Recycling Programme Manager at WRAP, said: “Encouraging better communication across the supply chain is an essential part of WRAP’s drive to support the industry as it works to improve the quality of recovered materials.”

He added: “We’re making this information freely available to all those involved with the collection, recovery and recycling of dry waste recyclables in response to a high level of demand by this industry for a comprehensive, easily accessible database. By increasing transparency and opening up new communication lines between MRF operators and their supply chain, we’re providing a boost to the sector which will translate into real business opportunities for all involved.”

The new tool sits alongside the current range of interactive ORIS maps that allow users to search for household and school recycling services in their local areas and has been compiled by WRAP in close conjunction with operators of all the MRFs that are listed.

The new ORIS tool can be accessed via the Local Authority pages on WRAP’s website

  • WRAP helps individuals, businesses and local authorities to reduce waste and recycle more, making better use of resources and helping to tackle climate change.
  • Established as a not-for-profit company in 2000, WRAP is backed by government funding from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Working in seven key areas (Construction, Retail, Manufacturing, Organics, Business Growth, Behavioural Change, and Local Authority Support), WRAP’s work focuses on market development and support to drive forward recycling and materials resource efficiency within these sectors, as well as wider communications and awareness activities including the multi-media national Recycle Now campaign for England.
  • More information on all of WRAP's programmes can be found on www.wrap.org.uk