14 November 2012

LARAC Vice Chair and Policy Officer, Mark Foxall puts the LARAC view: 

"The bidding timetable given by DCLG was challenging given the complex and detailed information required.  Bidding local authorities  rose to that challenge well providing good quality bids and so, particularly as the time in this financial year in which to deliver projects is diminishing, local authorities are disappointed that announcements on successful bids have not yet been made.  Council budgets are currently...

12 November 2012

Official figures released on 8 November by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), show that for the first time since records began, English local authorities recycled, composted or reused more than they landfilled.

From the year April 2011 to March 2012, around 10.7 million tonnes of household waste was recycled, composted or reused, against the 9.6 million tonnes of waste that was landfilled. This has been partly attributed to the rise in authorities...

6 November 2012

I was very pleased to attend the recent CRNS conference on behalf of LARAC. The event was held in the Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline on 24th October which was an excellent venue for a conference with lots of space and ample free parking! .....and before you say I should have travelled by public transport, that would have been a bit difficult with 2 display stands, a heavy magazine rack and box of LOOPS to take along!

I found the conference and networking opportunity of great...

26 October 2012

LARAC has responded to the news that recent statement released by the Environment Agency states  that dedicated street cleansing collections of untreated leaf litter should not be used as a feedstock for composting or used as a feedstock to produce quality compost. 

LARAC members have expressed concern over the EA's updated statement, especially the timing of its release as leaf collection operations begin in earnest, and the need to quickly find alternative disposal or processing...

19 October 2012

For the past two years, Redfield Road HWRC in Nottingham has been one of the highest performing household waste recycling sites in England. The recent addition of a container to collect carpet has now boosted their landfill diversion rate by a further 4%, to an impressive 94%. Total carpet diverted this year is likely to exceed 200 tonnes - equivalent to 12 football pitches.

Such high rates have been made possible by magnificent efforts of Wastecycle at Colwick to recycle and recover...

18 October 2012

Mark Deer addresses delegates at the LARAC conference on 17th Oct and speculated that councils may stop running household waste and recycling centres in five to ten years as local communities rise to the challenge of managing the sites themselves.

Mark Deer, from Suffolk County Council, told the LARAC conference  that his experience of closing seven of Suffolk’s 18 recycling centres due to budget cuts had shown that local businesses and the third sector were capable of stepping in....

17 October 2012

LARAC chair Joy Blizzard has called for councils to become ‘guardians of local resources and jobs’, in her keynote speech at the 2012 LARAC conference.

Addressing delegates this morning (October 17) at the Chesford Grange Hotel, near Kenilworth, Ms Blizzard said that councils needed to ‘reconsider’ their approach to waste management in the face of growing concerns over resource security.

Ms Blizzard, who is in her fourth and final year as chair of the Local Authority Recycling...

Zero Waste Scotland
8 October 2012

Extra resources to help councils in Scotland to reach the country’s 50 per cent recycling target, were announced on 5th October by Scotland’s Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead.

Speaking at the Scottish Waste and Resources Conference, Mr Lochhead announced £1.2 million of additional funding would be available between now and April 2013 to help councils meet their commitments by the end of 2013.

The new cash will be available specifically for funding improvements to...