British climate action non-governmental organisation Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has published its annual report, highlighting its achievements and impact in financial year 2022/23.
The organisation said it is contributing to tackling the climate crisis by working in close coordination with governments and businesses across the globe. It focuses on transforming the way goods are ‘manufactured, used and disposed’.
WRAP said that this can further drive resource efficiency and expedite the adoption of a circular lifestyle by working on some key areas.
These include the plastic packaging, food and drink, and textiles industries.
WRAP CEO Harriet Lamb said: “WRAP is challenging traditional thinking about a linear economic model of extract-consume-chuck, and showing where a positive alternative is possible.
“To deliver change of the scale necessary in future will require even more effort from a huge cast of actors in the UK and across the world.
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“Each step forward is a springboard to greater impact and towards a regenerative circular economy that respects people and planet equally, and which will help us all embrace circular living.”
In terms of tackling plastic pollution, one of the significant achievements outlined by WRAP in its latest report is the organisation’s move to support retailers in eliminating the use of plastic for selling fresh fruits and vegetables.
During 2022/23, WRAP said it focused on the recycling of films, which continues to pose a challenge due to the lack of investment in the necessary infrastructure in the country.
The report further claimed that for the year 2022/23, WRAP successfully diverted 11,500 tonnes of plastic from reaching landfill, utilising the Resource Action Fund grant.
The new report also details the organisation’s strategy and priorities for next year, which include a continued focus on plastic film recycling and the elimination of plastic packaging for loose vegetables/fruits.
It is also aiming to take a reuse/refill pilot to the blueprint stage by convening with international stakeholders and industry partners.
The organisation further intends to foster expanded collaboration and knowledge-sharing across the entire global Plastics Pact network.