First off, as Chair of LARAC, I’d like to welcome you to the new website – we hope you like the improvements we have made and that you find it easier to navigate. There’s been a lot of work in the background over the last few months to bring this about, but tweaks can still be made, so if you have any comments we’d be grateful to receive them. Get in touch at email@example.com – Lee and Jenny will be pleased to receive any suggestions. For myself, I’ve been in the happy position of being asked to the give the local authority view on many occasions over the last three months and in quite a few different arenas.
This year the LARAC Scotland event took on a different feel as a more expansive exhibition area was added to support and compliment the conference programme. The programme as always was geared towards the local authority LARAC members in Scotland and had the mix of high level policy thinking and detailed case studies that are a feature of LARAC events nowadays. Iain Gulland from Zero Waste Scotland had the opening speaking slot of the day and went with the modern theme of the Circular Economy and what the local authority role might be.
The surprise announcement of a general election means that our industry is likely to go into overdrive in the next few weeks, calling on Governments, prospective Governments and all politicians in general to listen to what they have to say about waste, recycling and resource management. Some groups have already started.
We had local authority services specifically in mind when we developed our laminated recycling bags – made of 100% recyclable and recycled material – these sacks are ideal for servicing flats and apartments - they are being used by local authorities, e.g. LB Westminster at this very moment! In the past 5 years, over 20,000 laminated recycling bags have been distributed to Westminster flat-dwellers. Proving to be a great solution for internal storage and for the transfer of dry recyclables to communal bins.
When all we are currently hearing about is severing EU relations and how this will potentially disrupt our current business arrangements and regulations, we at VIP are happy to be finding new and willing partners across the water. Of course, there is uncertainty out there but there are also possibilities, so it is essential to approach the future with an open mind.