From consultations to conferences, there and back again!

By now you should be all back to remembering what the day job is all about and what you did in the BC (Before Consultations) period. However, I hope during your period of readjustment that you have remembered to book your place on the LARAC Conference in October. The conference will cover all the hot topics in the industry, and we have some excellent speakers lined up. The early bird rate is due to end this Friday, 7th June, so get your skates on if you haven’t booked your place so far.

Or you may be eligible to apply for one of the 18, all expenses paid, scholarship places for conference this year, kindly funded by Repic.  The applications are open until Friday 14th June, and if you apply and don’t get a place, we will allow all unsuccessful applicants to book a place at the early bird rate. The scholarship programme is for those officers who have been in the industry less than 7 years, or operational collection staff who have moved into a new role and have less than 7 years in that role, and have never attended the main LARAC conference before. Click here for more information.

Last month we had the LARAC Scotland conference and I was very impressed with the programme, number of attendees and quality of speakers. There will be a full report of the Scotland conference in the next LOL, but some of the things I did learn was that, as suspected, blockchain is not the answer to everything (we all know that is 42!) and that Scotland is forging ahead with their DRS.

We’ve also got a new date and venue for the LARAC Wales conference, 9th July at the Hotel Metropole in Llandrindod Wells. Places are free for LARAC members, and the agenda is shaping up nicely with topics including EPR, litter strategy, latest intelligence on the end markets and case studies, including compulsory recycling. Visit the conference website for the full programme and to book your place.

Going back to consultations (yes, you’re not safe to get back into the day job for too long), we have published a summary of all the LARAC responses on the public area of our website now, but if you are member you can also find the full versions there too in the members’ area.


We also know that there are to be at least two further consultations later this year/early next year on consistency/statutory guidance and EPR, so plenty of food for thought still to be discussed at our conferences. We hope you can make at least of one them and as Gandalf said, “The world is not in your books and maps. It's out there.”