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.
Communications, education and awareness have always been high on the list of essential items needed to support strong recycling activity. The Circular Economy goals will no doubt require continued efforts and resources into this area also.
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.
As we head into autumn, we also head towards the annual LARAC Conference in Nottingham. This is an event I always enjoy. From the interesting presentations at the conference to the awards dinner; and I always look forward to meeting the new LARAC Scholars on the Tuesday before the conference.