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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
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
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
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...

By
LARAC Office
Posted
24 November 2015

In his introduction to this interim report Peter Jones, Chair of the BCF Lefover Paint Steering Group lays out the BCF's stall on the benefits to all of recycling paint.

The premis is that there is a market for left over paint even though the majority of HWRCs don't accept liquid paint and the householder is only left with disposing of it into general waste - where a good two thirds  of it ends up in landfill - as liquid.

BCF's Paintcare project maintains that there is an...

By
Recoup/LARAC Office
Posted
18 November 2015

Pledge 4 Plastics, a national initiative aiming to boost plastics recycling, has created a 60 second #PlasticsReborn animation revealing the ‘secret lives’ of plastics and showcasing how plastic packaging from all over the home can be transformed when recycled.

The video highlights how everyday household plastics can be transformed after they are recycled – for example, a juice drinks bottle could become a football shirt – therefore encouraging people to recycle more.

There are...

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