News

By
Lee Marshall, LARAC CEO
Posted
5 April 2017

LARAC has today (5th April) responded, on  behalf of its members, to a recent call for evidence from the Commons Environmental Audit Committee on disposable packaging by highlighting how much progress local authorities have made in the collection of plastic bottles.

LARAC has stated that while producers and retailers have made progress in cup and bottle design and in making recycling collections more widely available a more appropriate form of...

By
LARAC Office
Posted
4 April 2017

Defra has announced that the overall target for 2017 is 622,033 tonnes, 40,617 tonnes higher than the household WEEE collected and reported by producer compliance schemes (PCSs) in 2016.  This is based on an anticipated growth in WEEE tonnages or around 14.3% compared to last year's target of 544,342 tonnes.  In effect, compliance schemes will need to collect around 40,000 tonnes more WEEE in 2017.   

The targets are below the 776,000 tonnes, which is the EU target.  Defra envisages...

By
LARAC Office
Posted
3 April 2017

The day after the Prime Minister triggered Article 50, a White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill was published, setting out the Government’s approach to converting existing EU law into domestic law on the day we leave the European Union.

The paper states that it aims to give maximum legal certainty for businesses, workers and investors and sets out how the Great Repeal Bill will deliver a smooth and orderly exit, by:

repealing the European Communities Act 1972 — returning power to UK...
By
Jennifer Perry, LARAC Office
Posted
28 February 2017

On 20th February Mr Kevan Jones (MP for North Durham) asked the following written question of the Chancellor of the Exchequer: "How many visits to landfill sites in the (a) UK and (b) North East HM Revenue and Customs has conducted to check landfill tax payments in the last 12 months?"

On 23rd February he received a written reply by Jane Ellison, Financial Secretary to the Treasury - who had commented back in November that:  "The Government fully supports the environmental argument...

By
WRAP
Posted
27 February 2017
WRAP’s Retailer Survey finds food packaging and labelling has improved but there is more to do Confusing multiple date labels mostly removed Good progress on improving freezing guidance Conflicting guidance on fridge temperature still found on many foods Some product date labels have cut the time available to eat our food. 

Analysis by the resource efficiency experts shows that around 350,000 tonnes of avoidable household food waste, worth an estimated £1 billion annually, could...

By
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...

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