Banbury -- Speaking at WRAP’s annual conference yesterday, Chief Executive Dr Liz Goodwin published results of the organisation’s work over the past three years and set out its future agenda. She revealed that WRAP has met all its published major targets, having helped keep 11 million tonnes of waste out of landfill, avoid 5.5 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions and generate £2bn of benefits to the UK economy, including £1.8bn of cost savings.
Dr Goodwin, commenting on the food waste figures, said that the fall in household food waste since 2006/07 from 8.3 million tonnes to 7.2 million tonnes per year was very welcome and probably due to a range of factors. However, there was a big job still to be done given the food we waste in homes alone is worth £12bn a year, and food wasted throughout the supply chain was ‘significant’ at a time when food security was a major global issue.
She also announced the results of the first major research into the benefits of greater reuse of materials such as textiles. This showed, she said, that there would be significant gains for both UK jobs and the environment through reusing goods and services more, rather than just throwing them away.
Dr Goodwin said she was very proud of the contribution WRAP is making to help business and families find cost savings and identify growth opportunities for the UK economy, given the current severe financial pressures we all face. “All the governments of the UK which fund our work have the goal of moving swiftly towards a zero waste society. Their priority is to find ways of tackling waste – including food waste – and keep scarce resources in use for as long as possible. “This is where WRAP’s work comes into play.”
More information on WRAP targets can be found at "Towards Resource Efficiency – WRAP Business Plan 2008-11. A Report on Impact" under wrap.org.uk. Quelle: WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme)