WRAP: one-stop shop for resource efficiency services

Defra, the UK“s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has gathered together the government“s resource efficiency services in WRAP by bringing seven organizations under the body“s remi…

Defra, the UK“s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has gathered together the government“s resource efficiency services in WRAP by bringing seven organizations under the body“s remit, making WRAP a one-stop shop for advice and support services on resource efficiency. WRAP will therefore be the body responsible for NISP, Envirowise, Action Sustainability, the Centre for Reuse and Remanufacture, the Construction Resources and Waste Platform and BREW Centre for local authorities, and will now be organized under four directorates: Design and resource minimization, Market development, Business resource efficiency, and Diverting household and commercial waste from landfill. A WRAP spokeswoman reassured that Wrap“s remit to increase the amount of waste diverted from landfill and providing solutions to increase the amount of recycled and reused materials will continue. It will, however, develop to include activities to design out waste, reduce unnecessary waster use and minimize use of raw materials at early stages of the production process, the spokeswoman said. WRAP will be extending its Courtauld 2 and Federation House Commitment into the grocery, food and drink sectors, as well as developing techniques for anaerobic digestion. Courtauld 2 launched at the beginning of March with 28 brand and retailer signatories.