News

By
APSRG
Posted
10 January 2017

The Environmental Audit Committee has published a report on the 'Future of the Natural Environment after the EU referendum', which calls on Government to commit to a new Environmental Protection Act to ensure that environmental protections are maintained in UK law after the country leaves the EU. 

The report notes that, although the government has pledged to pass a Great Repeal Bill to retain European legislation after Brexit, there still remains a risk that some pieces of...

By
APSRG
Posted
10 January 2017

The European Commission has outlined its policy priorities for this year, and the implementation of the action plan on the Circular Economy features among the top policy areas highlighted in the Commission's Work Programme for 2017.

Discussions are ongoing within EU Member States to finalise the package of proposals due to be adopted by the European Union to update existing waste and recycling legislation.
This includes proposals to increase the existing recycling target for...

By
Lee Marshall
Posted
15 December 2016

LARAC has said the latest DEFRA figures on the national recycling rate show the effects the ongoing council budget cuts are having on local authority waste services. LARAC believes the drop in recycling levels shows the funding of council waste services need a fundamental review and concepts such as Extended Producer Responsibility and Direct Charging need to be explored and implemented. LARAC urges DEFRA to work constructively with itself and other local government groups to map out the...

By
LARAC Office
Posted
5 December 2016

APSE has recently published the results of a new survey, conducted on their by behalf by Survation,  which asked residents what they thought about how money is spent on their behalf. 

Local refuse and recycling services are valued the most highly by the public out of all council services, but people also ranked support for other council services, like school meals, local council leisure facilities such as swimming pools, gyms and playing fields and parks. Another top priority for...

By
LARAC Office
Posted
4 December 2016

The Landfills Disposal Tax for Wales Bill was introduced to the National Assembly on 28th November - Royal assent is anticipated in the summer of 2017. 

From April 2018, landfill disposals tax will replace landfill tax in Wales. Like landfill tax, landfill disposals tax will be a tax on the disposal of material of waste to landfill and will be charged by weight. It will be payable by landfill site operators, who pass on these costs to waste operators through their gate fee. This new...

By
Letsrecycle
Posted
4 December 2016

Councils in Northern Ireland achieved a 42.2% municipal recycling and composting rate in 2015/16, according to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.

Published 1st December, the annual statistical report shows that in total, Northern Ireland’s councils collected 969,157 tonnes of local authority collected (LAC) municipal waste in 2015/16.

The tonnage was a 1.9% increase on the 951,423 tonnes collected in 2014/15. Household waste accounted for 88.8% of...

By
Jennifer Perry, LARAC Office
Posted
29 November 2016

The latest from the Paintcare Project.

The interim report from the recent Paintcare meeting (available in our Members' Forum- sign in to read it) laid out the progress made in the project which aims to solve the problem of leftover paint, both for local authorities and householders. 

55 million litres of leftover decorative paint is generated in the UK each year. When disposed of, most of it finds its way into the domestic waste stream, goes into landfill via black bags, or in...

By
LARAC Office
Posted
28 October 2016

We had such a great conference this year we decided to make a video to showcase the event. 

If you were there you will enjoy this!  If you weren't then you'll get a flavour of a LARAC Conference and why it is one of the best!

The Presentations and Workshops from the conference are up in the Members's Area of this website.  
If you are a LARAC partner or exhibitor at the event and haven't received the showreel of presentations, then please get in touch with the office at...

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