News

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...

By
Lee Marshall, LARAC CEO
Posted
20 October 2015

The 2015 LARAC Celebration Awards were held in Nottingham during the LARAC Conference as the industry came together to celebrate the hard work of local authorities and their partners. LARAC CEO Lee Marshall hosted the Awards evening and commended the commitment and hard work of all local authority officers across the UK as well as those who had been shortlisted for each award.

The first Award of the evening was Best Communications Campaign sponsored by FCC Environment. The winner was...

By
Dave Thomas, LARAC East Midlands Rep
Posted
16 October 2015

The RECOUP Survey is a specialist research-based report for those across the plastic supply and recycling chains who have responsibilities or interests in developing sustainable plastics recycling.  Supported by LARAC, the questions are distributed online to all involved in waste collection in the UK, and as such provides a comprehensive review of the collection of household plastics for recycling in the UK. It covers the core data information such as service provision, current plastics...

By
Lee Marshall, LARAC CEO
Posted
16 October 2015

The LARAC Conference once again proved why it has earned the reputation of being the premier local authority waste event of the year. With over 350 delegates and a wide range of companies and organisations exhibiting the 2015 edition in Nottingham generated debate and provided information and inspiration in equal measures.

The two day event covered a wide range of topics from high level issues such as the latest thinking on EU policy and the waste systems of the future to operational...

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