The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP)
WRAP’s vision is a world where resources are used sustainably. It works in partnership with governments, businesses, trade bodies, local authorities, communities and individuals looking for practical advice to improve resource efficiency that delivers both economic and environmental benefits.
Our mission is to accelerate the move to a sustainable resource-efficient economy through:
- re-inventing how we design, produce and sell products,
- re-thinking how we use and consume products, and
- re-defining what is possible through re-use and recycling.
First established in 2000, WRAP is a registered charity. WRAP works with UK governments and other funders to help deliver their policies on waste prevention and resource efficiency.
WRAP is a registered Charity No 1159512 and registered as a Company limited by guarantee in England & Wales No 4125764. Registered office at Second Floor, Blenheim Court, 19 George Street, Banbury, Oxon, OX16 5BH.
Find out more about our work in our five year plan.
European Advanced Recycling Network (EARN)
EARN, the European Advanced Recycling Network, established in 2005, provides professional support for importers or manufacturers of new electrical or electronic equipment (EEE) in order to secure their compliance with the European WEEE Directive.
A network of recycling partners in all European countries is the basis for a unique combination of comprehensive management services, logistics and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment.
Manufacturers of EEE have to provide a reasonable solution for the take back of their discarded products. Especially for waste from professional equipment (B2B) tailor-made solutions are requested. EARN organizes the individual take back and recycling of WEEE on behalf of EEE producers. The waste from electrical or electronic equipment (WEEE) is treated by the EARN network partners in the country of origin and the recycling volumes and quotes are reported to the authorities.
Management and knowledge are concentrated in EARN with one single point of contact for manufacturers in Europe. Moreover, with the knowledge of recycling materials and techniques within the European network, EARN acts in the consolidation and return of secondary raw materials.
European Recycling Platform UK Limited (ERP UK Ltd)
Operating since 2002, European Recycling Platform (ERP) was founded by electronics producers to provide innovative solutions to the complex challenges posed by the introduction of the WEEE Regulations. Today, ERP offers WEEE, batteries and packaging compliance to producers across Europe and beyond.
ERP has recycled over 2.5 million tonnes of WEEE and batteries on behalf of its producer members, including almost 500,000 tonnes in the UK, making a marked contribution to the environment and sustainability. ERP remains committed to innovation, developing industry-leading quality standards for the treatment of waste; bespoke IT tools for members; and the unique EuropePlus package, which coordinates the process of registering and reporting in up to 32 countries.
Knowledge Transfer Network Limited (KTN)
Knowledge Transfer Network Limited (KTN) is the UK’s innovation network – bringing together knowledge, opportunities and people to help businesses across a wide range of sectors to develop new products, processes and services and to succeed in the global marketplace. KTN’s mission is to support businesses as they innovate, taking ideas through to commercial reality and, as such, networking, dissemination and match making are a key part of KTN’s activities.
KTN has 90000+ members across multiple sectors and along the value chain. KTN is a non-profit making company limited by guarantee and receives public funding from Innovate UK (formerly the UK Technology Strategy Board). KTN has specialist teams covering all sectors of the economy – from defence and aerospace to the creative industries, the built environment to biotechnology and robotics. KTN has helped thousands of businesses secure funding to drive innovation.
KTN has been working to promote the transition to a more circular economy over the last three years, managing several UK initiatives and participating in related projects, such as the Great Recovery Project, Collaborations for a Circular Economy Community, UK Materials Security Special Interest Group, SusChem UK National Technology Platform and CRM_InnoNet: Critical Raw Materials Innovation Network.
Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy GmbH (WI)
The Wuppertal Institute undertakes research and develops models, strategies and instruments for transitions to a sustainable development at local, national and international level. Sustainability research at the Wuppertal Institute focuses on the resources, climate and energy related challenges and their relation to economy and society.
Special emphasis is put on the transition from waste towards an integrated resource management by analysing and stimulating innovations that decouple economic growth and wealth from natural resource use and waste generation.