News

By
LARAC Office
Posted
11 March 2016

Valpak has been working with the Transparency Task Force of the Advisory Committee on Packaging to produce a guide to the PRN system.  This work has now been completed and the final document can be viewed near the bottom of the ACP page on the National Packaging Waste Database 

As well as an explanation of the system the guide includes a description of the roles of the key players together with case studies to show how PRN funding is being used.  LARAC  members should find this a...

By
LARAC Office
Posted
4 March 2016

Warwickshire County Council's austerity-busting recycling and re-use partnership with Age UK Warwickshire won Gold at the Improvement and Efficiency Awards 2016 in the category: 'Transformation in Waste & Environment'. The iESE Awards, run by the national Improvement & Efficiency Social Enterprise (iESE), showcase the best in transformation and improvement from councils, police, fire services and public partnerships.

Not content with that, the Warwickshire initiative -...

By
letsrecycle.com
Posted
1 March 2016

Many of the EU’s top-performing nations on recycling could see their recycling rates decline if proposals outlined within the EU Commission’s Circular Economy package are brought into effect, a conference heard last week.

Delegates from Germany, Austria and Sweden were among those who suggested recycling rates for their respective countries could reduce under the EU proposals.

* The panel debate (pictured) at the Energy from Waste Conference, (l-r) Gerhard Ganster, country...

By
Daniel Roberts, WM LARAC Rep
Posted
16 February 2016

50% of Council’s outsource their waste and recycling collection service with the remainder operating in-house, but is the choice really as simple as this? With the continuing challenges of reduced budgets and rising targets, many LAs are seeking innovative, localised, evidenced based solutions and this is leading to major changes in how services are delivered.  Dan roberts takes a look back the Remunicipalisation Conference which took place at the end of January and explores this changing...

By
LARAC Office
Posted
1 February 2016

At last The Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) Forum has its own website.  LARAC has had a voice on the forum for many years, and is currently represented by Exec member, Mark Foxall. 

The aim of WISH is to identify, devise and promote activities to improve industry health and safety standards.

WISH is a multi-party forum made up of organisations representing the waste and recycling industry. Its purpose is to provide information, identify solutions and stimulate action...

By
Andrew Bird, Chair, LARAC
Posted
6 January 2016

 

The recent MRF conference held in Birmingham, gave a really good insight into the impact of the MRF regulations, which have been in force for  twelve months now.  There were presentations from DEFRA, the Environment Agency, MRF operators and the wider Waste and Resource Industry.  I spoke on the impact of the regulations from a Local Authority perspective. 

LARAC welcomed the introduction of the regulations, they help provide greater transparency, and will  improve confidence...

By
WRAP
Posted
5 January 2016

If so, WRAP needs your help!

WRAP is working with Keep Britain Tidy to review all resources available to engage school children with recycling. This is part of a larger project to develop a strategy to target young people with messages around recycling. If you use or provide any resources to communicate these messages to schools, WRAP would be really grateful if you could email: anna.portch@keepbritaintidy.org by 18 January 2016, detailing what you have used, any information you may...

By
Andrew Bird, LARAC Chair
Posted
4 December 2015

LARAC has broadly welcomed the new EU Circular Economy package that includes new recycling targets for member states. LARAC has questioned the continued focus on municipal waste when it makes up only a small proportion of overall waste and is also concerned the package does not contain enough levels on producer responsibility. LARAC states that local authorities have shown these levels of recycling are possible but only with large elements of garden waste. LARAC now calls on the UK...

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