WRAP has claimed that its programmes achieved a £2.3bn benefit to society from a £400m investment in resource efficiency.
In its annual report, the charity also said that, for every pound spend on its programmes, £2 was leveraged from external contributions.
Chair Julie Hill (left) said: “This year has been one of considerable change. We registered as a charity, we have refreshed our governance, and we are looking to bring in new skills and expertise.
“In the UK alone, WRAP’s work in the past five years has resulted in four million tonnes less waste being produced and nearly 50 million tonnes of carbon equivalent emissions being avoided.
“Now we look to a future that builds on this foundation.”
WRAP became a charity after Defra cut its funding from £25.7m in 2013-14 to £13.3m for 2015-16.
The report also showed a 4.5% reduction of the carbon impacts of packaging while 80% more food was being redistributed, as a result of the charity’s Courtauld Commitment’s Phase 3.
Over 45% of the UK clothing retail market is now signed up to WRAP’s commitment to reducing the environmental footprint of textiles, SCAP 2020.
Chief executive Liz Goodwin (right) said: “It’s been another busy, productive year and I’m very proud of how much we and our partners have delivered.
“We have made a number of internal structural and operational changes to reflect our change in status and plans to diversify our funding.
“Delivering real change and action on the ground is what makes WRAP different. I have been keen to ensure we remain focused on delivery while developing our longer term strategy to diversify our funding base, grow our international reputation and make progress towards a world where resources are used sustainably.”
Goodwin was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June for services to business, resource efficiency and the environment.
She also received the first-ever Editor’s Award at MRW’s National Recycling Awards in July.
The report also mentioned that WRAP had effectively written off the £1.65m debt from Eco Plastics, which is currently completing its administration process.