"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have."-- Thomas Jefferson

It’s awards season in the world of waste, resources and recycling, which showcases the hard work being done in our industry. Last week I attended the National Recycling Awards in London, and it was a first for me in actually presenting an award this year, which I managed to successfully do in heels and going up a set of steps without injuring myself! I was very pleased to present the Local Authority Success for Overall Service Change to Stroud District Council, which was one of the categories I judged last month. It’s always fascinating to see the brilliant work that councils and the wider industry are doing. Stroud was a very worthy winner, and one of their notable successes was that they had managed to cut residual waste arisings to just 260kg per household per year – an amazing achievement.

No doubt I will also see even more examples of good practice when I judge the LARAC Conference Celebration Awards next month. We have just launched the call for entries and there are six categories to enter: Best Communications Campaign, Best Partnership, Best Team, Best Waste Min/Prevention, Best New Idea and Outstanding Contribution to Recycling. The last category is an individual one and entries can be submitted by individuals for themselves or by a colleague. More information on this and the other categories can be found here.


I feel like we are in a “consultation lull” at the moment, waiting to hear the outcome from DEFRA of all the responses that were given in May, and then wondering when the next two consultations (that we know of – consistency/statutory guidance and EPR) will be launched. Originally, we were told late 2019/early 2020, but opinion seems to be now at least Spring 2020. Of course, we will let you know when we know, and there will plenty of opportunity to question those that may know at our Conference in October.

We have also just finished scoring the scholarship applications for Conference and maybe by the time you read this, the winners will have been announced. As with all judging, it is difficult sometimes to pick a winner, as there are many good entries out there, so if you didn’t get a place this time, please do try again next year. As Thomas Jefferson allegedly once said, “I find that the harder I work the more luck I seem to have”.