The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has helped to generate 1.8 million tonnes of new recycling capacity including a 22% increase in glass reprocessing, the group said in its annual Achievements Report.
The report for the 2004/05 financial year identifies a number of significant advances by the resource management company, such as its work on a project to produce food-contact polyethylene from recovered milk containers.
WRAP chief executive Jennie Price said: "We have made a number of technological breakthroughs this year, challenging the barriers and preconceptions about issues such as recycled plastic in food contact packaging."
Earlier this year, WRAP staged briefings for construction industry executives, which attracted 160 clients and specifiers in charge of £11 billion of procurement. Around 75% of these attendees expressed interest in working more closely with WRAP.