News

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...

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...

By
Jennifer Perry, LARAC Office
Posted
13 November 2015

Local authorities take note: as of 1st January 2016, the FRN Product Weight Protocol (PWP), formally known as the FRN Average Weights List, will now require the purchase of an annual licence from the FRN.  The process for acquiring the licence has  been in place since 1st November.The licence is agreed with and recognised by UK regulators who will be checking PWP licences whilst carrying out their inspections on UK reuse and recycling operations. 

The FRN have been working closely...

By
Jennifer Perry, LARAC Office
Posted
4 November 2015

The market for re-furbished white goods is burgeoning; it is becoming a viable alternative to ‘buying new’ for ever greater sections of our communities.  Alongside the development of this sector of the industry there has to be an awareness of the health and safety aspects involved.

White goods (small and large) are a potential cause of accidents and fires (with obvious risk of fatalities) so it is of vital importance when re-introducing them into the home from waste that we are able...

By
Paul Segal, Plastecowood
Posted
2 November 2015

A UK manufacturing company leading the way in diverting household plastic waste away from landfill sites has criticised local authorities and other mainstream public organisations for not supporting its efforts to create a market place for products made from recycled plastics.

North Wales based Plastecowood is a leading innovator in the recycled plastics manufacturing sector, using as its raw material the poorer quality plastics found in food trays, yoghurt pots, plastic bags and...

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