Our history

2000           WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) was set up to promote sustainable waste management.
2004We launched our Recycle Now campaign, which was taken up by 60% local authorities in its first year.
2005WRAP's PAS100 was published, enabling the composting industry to demonstrate the quality of its product.
 Courtauld Commitment 1, our voluntary agreement designed to reduce waste across the UK grocery sector, was signed by major UK supermarkets.
2006We published Environmental Benefits of Recycling which demonstrated that recycling is environmentally worthwhile compared with other ways of managing waste.
2007We launched our Love Food Hate Waste consumer campaign.
2008We published our ground-breaking research The Food We Waste which showed for the first time the true extent of waste.
2009Over the four-year period of Courtauld Commitment 1 (2005-9), 1.2 million tonnes of food and packaging waste was prevented, saving 3.3 million tonnes of CO2e (carbon emissions)
 We published Meeting the UK Climate Change Challenge: The Contribution of Resource Efficiency which showed that improving resource efficiency could contribute almost 10% of the required reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
 In conjunction with the British Retail Consortium, we launched a new on-pack label to help consumers recycle packaging more easily.
2010Courtauld Commitment 2, our second voluntary agreement for the UK grocery sector was launched.
 WRAP's PAS110 quality standard for digestate is published by BSI, enabling the anaerobic digestion industry to demonstrate the quality of its product.
2011We published our review of our 2008-11 business plan period, which showed that by 2011 we had helped divert more than 12 million tonnes of waste from landfill each year and avoided annual Co2e emissions of over 6 million tonnes.
2012Between 2010 and 2012, Courtauld Commitment 2 achieved a reduction in waste of 1.7 million tonnes.
 Our Hospitality and Food Service Agreement launched with more than 70 signatories, to support the sector in reducing waste.
 We concluded our very successful Halving Waste to Landfill agreement, which saw more than 800 companies sign up and positively influenced construction to the value of more than £40 billion.
 WRAP successfully bid to lead an EU LIFE-funded project on Developing Resource Efficient Business Models (REBUS).
2013WRAP launched its Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP), bringing together textile manufacturers and fashion brands to reduce water consumption, carbon emissions and waste.
2014WRAP launched its Love Your Clothes consumer campaign, inspiring and empowering consumers to reuse and recycle clothing.
 Electricals and Electronics Sustainability Action Plan (esap), brings together electrical and electronics manufacturers and retailers to improve the business efficiency and sustainability of electrical and electronic products throughout their lifecycle.
 WRAP became a registered charity.
2015We published the results of our very successful ARID programme which helped the recycling industry invest in Wales, recycling, re-using or reducing nearly 400,00 tonnes of waste and creating 178 new jobs.
 WRAP successfully bid to lead an EU LIFE-funded European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP), to reduce the waste, water and carbon footprints of EU clothing.
 We published our Food Futures report which showed how the UK might move from 'business as usual' to 'business unusual'.
 WRAP successfully bid to lead an EU LIFE-funded Critical Raw Material Closed Loop Recovery (‘CRM Recovery’) project to explore the commercial opportunities for harvesting critical raw materials from electrical products.
2016We launched our 10 year producer to consumer voluntary agreement Courtauld Commitment 2025 - to make food and drink production and consumption more sustainable.
 The Framework for Greater Consistency in Household Recycling in England developed by an advisory group of representatives from across the waste and resource sector, and supported by Defra and DCLG set out the benefits of greater consistency.
 A new London-wide behaviour change initiative - TRiFOCAL (Transforming City FOod hAbits for Life) - is launched to reduce avoidable food waste in the capital and increase awareness of more healthy and sustainable eating. 
2017Prepared on behalf of Champions 12.3 by WRI and WRAP, The Business Case for Reducing Food Loss and Waste demonstrates the strong business case for investing in food waste prevention, with the median business site realising a 14-fold return.

Food Waste in Primary Production revealed some startling figures about the levels of food waste on farms and looked at how to address the root causes of the problem.

 Updated from our 2012 report, we publish Valuing our Clothes: The Cost of UK Fashion, found that the way people care for their clothes is helping the environment.
 Updated from our 2014 report, WRAP looked at consumer attitudes to the way people buy, consume and discard their electrical products as part of its new report, Switched on to Value: Powering Business Change.
 New guidance, Food Date Labelling, published by WRAP and produced in association with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Defra, sets out best practice in the choice and application of date labels and storage advice.
2018A new and unique collaborative initiative will help turn the tide on the UK’s growing issue of plastic waste is launched – The UK Plastics Pact.
 WRAP, INCPEN and ACP present recommendations on packaging regulatory reform. 

We restate UK food waste figures to support united global action.


Our Food Redistribution report shows increase in the amount of surplus food redistributed by UK charitable and commercial organisations.