Organics

Our knowledge bank on organics provides information on collecting, recycling and reprocessing different types of organic waste especially food and garden waste.

WRAP’s expert research on organics details how organic reprocessors can work across the food and garden waste supply chain, including local authorities and farmers, to produce renewable energy and valuable compost and biofertilisers by composting and anaerobic digestion these organic wastes.

To maximise the economic and environmental benefits from your organic waste, use the menu below to take start taking action:

Garden waste

Collection of garden waste is key to the UK meeting targets to reduce biodegradable municipal waste sent to landfill, and thereby reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

By using WRAP’s independent research local authorities can find guidance on how to encourage commercial organisations and local residents to compost themselves, or to participate in a community and local authority composting scheme.

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Food waste

An estimated 10 million tonnes of ‘post-farm gate’ food waste is thrown out across the UK every year, of which only 1.8 million tonnes is currently recycled. By working together, all of those involved, from producers, collectors and reprocessors, can extract the maximum value possible from food that would otherwise be wasted.

The WRAP-led Food Waste Recycling Action Plan sets out to increase the amount of food waste collected, provide long-term sustainable feedstocks for the food waste reprocessors and share the economic and environmental benefits of collecting and recycling food waste.

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Composting

Compost from green waste and food waste provides a valuable opportunity for local authorities, commercial organisations and householders to divert organic waste away from landfill. It is not only a vital aspect of keeping to landfill targets but can create a great amount of added value to organisations producing and using it.

WRAP’s independent research can help local authorities, organic reprocessors, residents and those working in agriculture to realise the economic and environmental benefits of producing and using high quality compost.

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Anaerobic Digestion

Anaerobic digestion (AD) is the process by which organic matter such as animal or food waste is broken down to produce renewable energy and biofertiliser.

Greater use of AD to produce renewable energy and biofertilisers reduces dependence on fossil fuels and cut carbon emissions.

Use WRAP’s extensive research to find out how your organisation can gain economic and environmental benefits from using AD to make valuable resources out of organic waste:

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Collections and Sorting

From kerbside collection and sorting trials, to our work on re-use, materials recovery facilities and consistency – WRAP provides extensive knowledge and experience based on over 15 years’ experience of working with local authorities to improve recycling.

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Dry Materials

WRAP provides information and support for local authorities, materials facilities and reprocessors on recycling and reprocessing techniques for particular materials, including: textiles, electricals, metals, plastics, glass, paper, wood, and bulky household items.

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Recovered Materials Markets

WRAP provides comprehensive business support and market information for organisations buying or selling reprocessed materials (such as manufacturers, materials facilities, and reprocessors), seeking to find out the latest gate fees for waste treatment or wanting general information about market trends.

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Communications

WRAP has developed a number of resources to support local authorities and others to communicate effectively about recycling.

These include best practice examples, guidance on communicating about new collection services or service changes, and support for communicating about the collection of different materials.

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Benefit from greater consistency

Find out how you can benefit from WRAP’s work on creating greater consistency in household recycling across England.

WRAP's Consistency Project

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