News

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...

By
LARAC Office
Posted
3 December 2015

In line with our Business plan we have now instituted an annual survey of our members - to give us an up to date idea of how we are doing and how we can continually improve.

We know time is at a premium so it will only take a few minutes to complete - so please take this oppportunity to let us know how you feel about LARAC services.

Times continually change and so does what our members need from us - so help us to remain relevant and useful - complete the survey. 

THANK...

By
Andrew Bird, LARAC Chair
Posted
3 December 2015

LARAC has warned that the latest small rise in the England recycling rates shows that local authority services are struggling to expand further in the face of ongoing budget cuts. LARAC has praised its members for continuing to try and improve and expand services where they can to keep the rate rising. LARAC however believes that unless support from Government and industry flows into local authorities the UK will miss the 50% target and be at risk of incurring fines from the EU. LARAC has...

By
Lee Marshall
Posted
26 November 2015

LARAC has expressed its disappointment following the Autumn Statement. With DEFRA facing a large cut and the funding of local authorities through DCLG being cut by over half in the next five years LARAC has questioned the Government’s commitment and ability to meet the 50% recycling target by 2020. With five years of cuts already heaped on councils these latest cuts and the likelihood of more to come mean that authorities will be forced to further review waste and recycling services and that...

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