New recycling infrastructure undertaken by all local authorities and supported by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) will recycle more than 86 million tonnes of material over its lifetime, with 12.5m tonnes of CO2 equivalent saved. These new figures were revealed by WRAP at its annual open meeting to review progress and achievements over the past year. Since WRAP was established in 2001, it claims that it has helped the recycling industry to process an extra 5.8m tonnes of materials per year. This includes 130,000 tonnes of plastic, enough to make 2.8 billion milk bottles, representing 79% of the UKs annual domestic capacity. It also includes 137,000 tonnes of glass, enough to make 273 million wine bottles, about a quarter of what we buy in the UK each year. Speaking at the annual meeting chief executive Liz Goodwin said: The growing public concern about the need for action is underpinned by the ever increasing body of evidence pointing towards the impacts of climate change and the challenges we face in tackling this problem. Both waste prevention and recycling have a role to play in addressing climate change. For recycling, the figures produced as a result of our work to understand the environmental benefits of recycling clearly show that the current UK recycling activity is the same as taking 5m cars of the road. Some of WRAPs work over the years includes: creating an industry-wide agreement in the retail sector to take action on packaging, developing Quality Standards for materials such as recycled paper and compost, championing the use of recycled content in developments such as the 2012 Olympics. Goodwin added: I want the public and businesses to make the connection between actions they can take to reduce and recycle. WRAP has an important role in this working with all parts of the resource efficiency loop to make it as easy, efficient and economically sustainable as possible for everyone to prevent waste and to recycle more.