LARAC has welcomed the publication of the Government Environment Plan, “A Green Future” and the high level aims it sets out, but is keen to seek clarification on the thinking behind the “comprehensive and frequent waste and recycling collections” that the Government states it is committed to. LARAC is concerned that the plan appears to have a focus on plastics specifically which suggests a plan for the moment rather than the future. LARAC urges the Government to consider carefully the long-awaited Resources and Waste Strategy and ensure it acts on all waste streams.
LARAC has welcomed the recent House of Commons Environment Audit Committee (EAC) report into disposable coffee cups that calls for much greater producer responsibility in the UK and the introduction of a levy that would fund council services. LARAC emphasised during the evidence it gave to the EAC the impacts on local authority street cleaning operations that coffee cups cause and the strain this places on already thin budgets. LARAC is therefore pleased that the EAC clearly state that funds from a levy are ploughed into on the go recycling infrastructure and communications.
LARAC has welcomed elements of the recent House of Commons Environment Audit Committee report into single use packaging that calls for much greater producer responsibility in the UK, but is dismayed at the recommendation that a DRS for PET bottles is considered by the Government. LARAC strongly pointed out during the evidence it gave to the EAC that the impacts on local authority collection schemes has been overstated and very lightly researched up to now and requires and in-depth investigation before proper conclusions on effectivity can be drawn.
Following a discussion between Exec members at our last meeting, it was suggested that members might find it useful for LARAC to house a page which showcased the communications campaigns put in place by our members.
Lee has recently asked members if they would find the idea useful and, if so, would they share downloadable documents, illustrating their campaigns used to share information on their collections for householders and the commercial sector.
In its response to the proposed changes in the WEEE Regulations from DEFRA, LARAC has expressed its concern that the UK is jumping the gun on the outcome of the EU exit process.