News

By
Jennifer Perry, LARAC Office
Posted
20 September 2016

It is the 8th year and the standard just keeps getting higher!  We all know the judges have a hard job - we say it every year - but don't let's feel too sorry for them because, in fact they are privileged; they get the chance to really scrutinise in detail the ingenuity that our members come up with in their jobs everyday - all to get us to recycle more and produce less waste.  

Speaking for the judging panel, our CEO Lee Marshall said, ““Yet again the judging panel was hugely...

By
LARAC Office
Posted
13 September 2016

LARAC has welcomed the focus on having consistent materials collected with the recent launch of the WRAP led Consistency project. LARAC supports the concept of consistency in materials collected that then leaves local authorities free to implement the most appropriate collection scheme for their area. LARAC believes that the fact that the work has brought forward at least three different main collection systems puts to bed the long peddled myth that there is one collection system that all...

By
LARAC Office
Posted
6 September 2016

Approximately £46k is available to support research projects from the fees that were collected through the 2015 Compliance Fee mechanism (£27k), along with some carry over from the 2014 Fee (£19k).

​Any party can suggest research ideas. The winning idea must be a strategic WEEE research project that would have UK-wide benefit and support one or more of the following aims:

​Support the WEEE Directive requirement on Member States to achieve a 65% collection rate by 2019

...

By
Andrew Bird, LARAC Chair
Posted
25 August 2016

LARAC has called for the industry to work together to help local authorities promote their collections schemes following widespread reporting of increases in contamination. LARAC is concerned that parts of the industry are blaming local authorities despite councils having well publicised and well run collection services in place. LARAC points out that councils cannot compel residents to use recycling services and their powers have been limited in this area in recent years. 

Andrew...

By
Resource Futures
Posted
16 August 2016
WRAP Cymru has recently published the outcomes of its most ambitious waste analysis project to date. The report, called ‘National Compositional Analysis in Wales’, saw all 22 local authorities participating in providing active data over summer and winter of 2015. Resource Futures delivered the project on behalf of the Welsh Government and WRAP Cymru, which was commissioned by the Government.

Wales has set its sights on becoming a high recycling nation by 2025 with a target of 70%. The...

By
Jennifer Perry, LARAC Office
Posted
1 August 2016

It's a few weeks now since LARAC's Sally Talbot organised the sunset walk up Snowdon to raise money for WasteAidUK.  Since then the feet and calves of those who took part in the walk have healed and Sally has walked right on into to the private sector, and we wish her well.  

The walk wasn't quite as balmy as might have been hoped for, despite starting out in sunshine walkers reached the summit in mist as you can see (spirits undaunted) below  - but on the way down the sun worked hard...

By
Jennifer Perry, LARAC Office
Posted
1 August 2016

We have come to realise that in an article in letsrecycle.com on 27 July there has been a wrong impression given of comments made by our Chair Andrew Bird on the subject of commingled collections. The view expressed was not the view of LARAC.   We apologise for any confusion this may have caused our members and partners about the position we take on this subject.  Once we knew about the views attributed to us we took action and the article was corrected on 1st August. 

Reflecting the...

By
Jennifer Perry, LARAC Office
Posted
20 July 2016

Opening the LARAC Wales conference this year, Russ Owens from the Welsh Government reminded us all why we are in this industry - it's worth quoting from his presentation:

"There are many variables that Local Authorities have to consider when providing local waste and recycling services.

There are severe financial pressures.
There are logistical concerns.
There are aesthetic concerns.

What everyone with responsibility for these services should understand though...

Pages