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OPRL
Posted
2 February 2017

Nearly eight years after launch, OPRL is trimming its on-pack labels to make them simpler for consumers to understand and easier for retailers and manufacturers to use.

With recent consumer surveys showing 7 in 10 recognise OPRL labels and 2 in 3 refer to them, the not-for-profit is responding to consumer calls for simpler, clearer messaging. Following a three-month review of the labelling system, components will only be listed on complex packaging, and materials will no longer...

By
LARAC Office
Posted
1 February 2017

Resources and Waste Minister, Dr Therese Coffey was unable to deliver her speech on the future of waste and recycling in the UK to the Aldersgate Group event in London yesterday (31 Jan).  But Chris Preston, Deputy Director of Waste and Recycling at DEFRA was on hand to deliver her comments.

She gave the view that the UK's exit from the EU presented a 'unique opportunity' to drive up resource productivity in the UK - and the address continued: "Up to now, much of our policy in this...

By
Daniel Roberts, WM LARAC Rep
Posted
30 January 2017

In 2013 Biffa Municipal Ltd, working in partnership with South Staffordshire Council, introduced camera systems on all RCVs. Subsequent monitoring of footage revealed that despite a robust system in place for crews to report and document near misses/hazards there were inconsistencies in how crews were highlighting issues pertinent to dangerous driving. It soon became apparent that there was limited data regarding the nature of such incidents across the country. The Council and Biffa were...

By
APSRG
Posted
10 January 2017

The European Commission has outlined its policy priorities for this year, and the implementation of the action plan on the Circular Economy features among the top policy areas highlighted in the Commission's Work Programme for 2017.

Discussions are ongoing within EU Member States to finalise the package of proposals due to be adopted by the European Union to update existing waste and recycling legislation.
This includes proposals to increase the existing recycling target for...

By
APSRG
Posted
10 January 2017

The Environmental Audit Committee has published a report on the 'Future of the Natural Environment after the EU referendum', which calls on Government to commit to a new Environmental Protection Act to ensure that environmental protections are maintained in UK law after the country leaves the EU. 

The report notes that, although the government has pledged to pass a Great Repeal Bill to retain European legislation after Brexit, there still remains a risk that some pieces of...

By
Lee Marshall
Posted
15 December 2016

LARAC has said the latest DEFRA figures on the national recycling rate show the effects the ongoing council budget cuts are having on local authority waste services. LARAC believes the drop in recycling levels shows the funding of council waste services need a fundamental review and concepts such as Extended Producer Responsibility and Direct Charging need to be explored and implemented. LARAC urges DEFRA to work constructively with itself and other local government groups to map out the...

By
LARAC Office
Posted
5 December 2016

APSE has recently published the results of a new survey, conducted on their by behalf by Survation,  which asked residents what they thought about how money is spent on their behalf. 

Local refuse and recycling services are valued the most highly by the public out of all council services, but people also ranked support for other council services, like school meals, local council leisure facilities such as swimming pools, gyms and playing fields and parks. Another top priority for...

By
LARAC Office
Posted
4 December 2016

The Landfills Disposal Tax for Wales Bill was introduced to the National Assembly on 28th November - Royal assent is anticipated in the summer of 2017. 

From April 2018, landfill disposals tax will replace landfill tax in Wales. Like landfill tax, landfill disposals tax will be a tax on the disposal of material of waste to landfill and will be charged by weight. It will be payable by landfill site operators, who pass on these costs to waste operators through their gate fee. This new...

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