A date for your diary. The LARAC Scotland Conference will take place on Thursday 3 May. We are working on the content and the venue and will supply you with more details as they get firmed up.
The Furniture Re-use Network Annual Conference is the conference for re-use sector professionals who want to develop strategies using re-use initiatives, want to learn more from the re-use sector experts and those experienced in working on reuse. The Furniture Re-use Network’s Annual Conference 2018 will focus on the benefits of reuse within society through waste prevention, job creation, poverty alleviation and volunteering opportunities. Focused on providing time for networking and practical ideas, this the event for those who want to be part of the reuse solution.
Many of the industry’s leading commentators have noted the general decline in waste and recycling communications of late and the negative consequences on recycling rates, participation and costs (amongst others). Like many public-sector initiatives, austerity has become the ‘go-to’ reasoning but Behaviour Change Communications expert Stephen Bates from EnviroComms looks at another reason that might also explain the problem.
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.
The National Food Waste Conference will bring together key sectors – be it food waste processors, food waste producers, waste management companies, local authorities or charities – to discuss the opportunities and challenges that food waste presents.
The 2018 Conference will feature talks on key issues including legislation on food waste collections across the UK, case studies on the successful communication and implementation of food waste services, and effective food waste recycling strategies for waste producers.