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.
This time of year, usually brings a period of reflection and a look back on what has gone on.
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.
The Welsh Government has announced that it intends to publish its route map for a more resource efficient economy next year, as part of its “Prosperity for All: economic action plan”, which was published this week.
The plan sets out how the goals of growing Wales’ economy and well-being, whilst also reducing inequality, will be achieved. It has been developed to meet the needs of business today but also to help Welsh communities and businesses to rise to the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow, according to the Welsh Government.