The view from WRAP

  • The impact of Covid-19 on the UK recycling supply chain

    By: Peter Sainsbury, Lead Economist at WRAP Posted: 30 Apr 2020
    The global economy normally works like a massive flywheel. Finely tuned, it is optimised for ‘just in time’ delivery. Of course, it goes through cycles in which activity runs too hot, followed by periods where things take a turn for the worse. As coronavirus spread across the globe since the start of 2020, so have a wave of lockdowns. Measures to restrict the spread of the covid-19 have...
  • An opportunity not to be wasted?

    By: Marcus Gover Posted: 24 Apr 2020
    Last weekend, promoting what promises to be another seminal piece of work coming out later this year, Sir David Attenborough, when asked by Andrew Marr on the one thing we could all do to help protect our planet, replied: “Stop waste stop waste of any kind; stop wasting power, stop wasting food, stop wasting plastic. Don’t waste. This is a precious world, to celebrate and cherish.” Waste –...
  • Harnessing the power of public procurement

    By: Carl Nichols Posted: 24 Apr 2020
    The importance of the circular economy, where resources are kept in use for as long as possible, is now recognised more widely than ever.  Most people in Wales are recycling, and manufacturers are responding to public mood by increasing the use of recycled materials in their products.As well as supporting manufacturers to increase the amount of recycled content in the goods they produce in...
  • Nothing can be taken for granted these days

    By: Dr Peter Maddox, Director, WRAP UK Posted: 16 Apr 2020
    When, in common with millions, I applaud the NHS every Thursday, my uppermost thought is what it must mean to be a doctor, nurse or care worker ‘on the frontline’. Although we may currently be ‘isolated’ as individuals, I can’t remember a time when we’ve been so connected to the efforts of others – and that includes many other critical workers, such as the dedicated people working for local...
  • WRAP’s response to a changing world

    By: Julie Hill, WRAP Chair Posted: 15 Apr 2020
    The principal duties of a board of trustees are to protect the organisation’s mission, and to understand the needs of the people striving to deliver the mission. As WRAP’s Chair, it is from this perspective that I view the current crisis.Front of mind is the gravity of the situation, and the suffering, uncertainty and anxiety it presents. On top of which, ‘working from home’, which sounds...
  • COVID-19: What opportunities will emerge in the aftermath of this global crisis?

    By: Dr Marcus Gover, CEO WRAP Posted: 3 Apr 2020
    I went out for my rationed exercise cycle as usual today. It is eerily serene - no cars on the roads; the birds are singing; the rabbits are nibbling the grass; the spring blossom is starting to emerge – as if they have reclaimed the space.At the same time, it feels threatening and unnerving. A silent enemy is stalking the streets. And so, we have to do the thing which feels most alien to social...
  • Banking on the food sector to help those in need

    By: Dr Peter Maddox, Director, WRAP UK Posted: 3 Apr 2020
    Daily life has changed beyond anything I could have imagined barely a month ago. Coronavirus has had a huge impact on all of us, from children being home-schooled through to vulnerable older people who need someone to do their shopping for them so they can stay safe at home. I’m so grateful to all those key workers who are keeping the country running, from the Police to the NHS. And that includes...