News

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...

By
LARAC Office
Posted
5 July 2016

It’s that wonderful time of year again when LARAC gets to really give something back to its members in a big and obvious way.  We never have more pleasure than when we are able to welcome our members’ newer employees to our National Conference in October – completely free of charge, via our scholarship scheme.

Of course we wouldn’t be able to do it at all without our fantastic sponsors:  REPIC;  who not only foot the bill for the scholars to attend the whole conference and awards...

By
Lee Marshall
Posted
25 May 2016

LARAC has called for greater industry wide collaboration and more engagement with local authorities following two recent industry reports. LARAC has dismissed the recent REA report as self-serving and not reflective of the actual savings that might be realised by the introduction of food waste collections. LARAC has also expressed dismay that the ESA appear to be peddling the myth that local authority collections are inefficient, a viewpoint that is outdated and shows a lack of understanding...

By
Lee Marshall, LARAC CEO
Posted
16 May 2016

The annual LARAC Scotland Conference took place just outside Glasgow this year in a new venue and a new format. Over 70 delegates attended with local authorities from across Scotland along with other representatives from the wider waste industry. The event started with the Scottish Government outlining their latest policy drives and in particular the work on consistent collection systems and the Collections Charter that has been drawn up, a common theme across the whole UK at the moment....

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