LARAC has given evidence, on behalf of its members, in front of the House of Commons Environment Audit Committee for their inquiry into plastic bottle and coffee cup recycling. LARAC had submitted written evidence in April this year and were invited to attend a session of the panel to provide more details on its stance on the subject.
East Ayrshire council’s Douglas Gardiner, was crowned recycling champion at the LARAC Celebration Awards 2017 in Nottingham this week. LARAC2017DAYONEAWARDS166 RC17.jpg
LARAC has urged caution in the rush for Deposit Return Schemes in the UK in light of the latest report on the subject from Keep Britain Tidy Group. LARAC feels that a study based on a sample of just 1% of UK local authorities does not prove that DRS is suitable for the UK, pointing out that most countries with successful DRS systems implemented them before those countries had mature and robust kerbside collection schemes.
New research released on 3rd October 2017by the environmental charity Hubbub and compliance scheme Ecosurety reveals that six in ten people in the UK hoard batteries in their houses, adding up to a whopping 178 million batteries stashed in UK homes.
LARAC congratulates all of those who put applications in for the 2017 LARAC Celebration Awards - the standard was so high - and they should all be congratulated for their hard work and ingenuity. But Awards are a competition so judging had to come into play, and to that end we have come up with the shortlists detailed below. We wish them all the best of luck and hope that highlighting the creativity of our local authorities and their partners in this way will go some way to giving them the encouragement and pat on the back that they deserve in, let's face it, a difficult world in which to avoid flat-lining recycling rates - but still the ideas keep coming. We salute you all!