WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme) is a not-for-profit company supported by funding from DEFRA, the DTI and the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is working to promote sustainable waste management by creating stable and efficient markets for recycled materials and products.

Company details

The Old Academy, 21 Horse Fair , Banbury , Oxon OX16 0AH United Kingdom

Locations Served

Business Type:
Professional association
Industry Type:
Waste and Recycling
Market Focus:
Nationally (across the country)

A world without waste
We were set up in 2000 to help recycling take off in the UK and to create a market for recycled materials.

As understanding grew that 'waste' is actually 'stuff with value' and that wasting resources made no environmental or commercial sense, governments across the UK increased efforts to tackle these issues.

Over the last decade, we have helped and continue to help governments devise strategies to deal with these issues through our expertise, research and practical advice.

Our vision is a world without waste, where resources are used sustainably.

Our work helps people recycle more and waste less, both at home and at work, and offers economic as well as environmental benefits

We work with a wide range of partners, from major UK businesses, trade bodies and local authorities through to individuals looking for practical advice. We always aim to work together with others to achieve the best results.

We have clear guiding principles:

  • A focus on preventing waste
  • Getting good value for money for the tax-payer and proving it
  • Working in partnership and supporting the work of others
  • Being flexible and business like

We have two priorities; minimising resource use and diverting priority materials from landfill.

Between 2011-15 we aim to:

  • Encourage better design and more informed consumption which will help us all waste less
  • Make it easier to recycle, repair and re-use as much of our waste as possible, wherever we are – in the home, at work, or away from home
  • To enable others to recover as much value as possible from the waste that's collected – whether as resources that can be used again and again, or as energy
  • Help others to keep resources moving round the economy - the more money we save, the less the demand on ever-scarcer natural resources