OPRL and WRAP form strategic partnership to help meet the UK recycling target

Bales of plastic ready for recycling

WRAP and OPRL have announced a new partnership which will set out how the two organisations will work together towards meeting the UK’s recycling target. 

To reach the packaging recycling targets of 70% by 2030, and 70% of plastic packaging by 2025, the partnership with focus on: 

  • Providing consistent messaging on-pack to reduce confusion among consumers in the UK about what can/can’t be recycled  
  • Improving the quality and quantity of household recycling in the UK 
  • Improving the quality and quantity of ‘on the go’ recycling in the UK. 

WRAP will continue its delivery of the Recycle Now citizen campaign alongside broader recycling messages. 

Both WRAP and OPRL will be speaking at The Recycling Event on 2 July at the Ricoh Arena. Attend for only £85+vat: https://www.therecyclingevent.com/

OPRL will remain responsible for on-pack recycling messages, using Recycle Now iconography under an exclusive license.  

WRAP UK director Peter Maddox said: “It’s been ten years since WRAP helped launch OPRL, together with the British Retail Consortium and Food & Drink Federation, and I’m delighted to mark this milestone by formalising our strategic partnership.   

“Our latest research for Recycle Now shows that more than half (54%) of citizens put at least one item in the general rubbish bin that could have been recycled. Therefore helping citizens to recycle more, and more often, is crucial to achieving the targets we have committed to. It makes absolute sense that we do this in close partnership with OPRL, whose on pack messaging is recognised and understood by more than three in four citizens.”   

OPRL chair Jane Bevis said: “Our continuing close relationship with WRAP is very important to us as we know consistent, evidenced messaging is essential in securing the trust and action of citizens.  OPRL’s latest research shows that advice on-pack is the single most important source of information for citizens on recycling, but that people also seek information from other trusted sources to support this.    

“Maintaining and developing further the strong links between OPRL’s on-pack messaging, and WRAP’s work through their Recycle Now campaign and local authority communications, remains essential to delivering more and better recycling of packaging.” 

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