Local authorities, we’ve got you covered

Hundreds of local authority officers and waste management specialists were in Birmingham last week for the annual LARAC conference. WRAP was no exception, and we were delighted to be hosting two workshops this year.

With the Resources and Waste strategy on the horizon, we ran an interactive pub quiz-style session to test and broaden your knowledge on how the strategy could impact your local authority. Like any true pub-quiz, there was a lot of competition and energy in the room! Congratulations to our two winning teams who each took home re-usable WRAP coffee mugs.

We also ran a session on how to introduce food waste collections to your services. Mike Gardener and Sally Wilson from WRAP, and Irum Gulzar from Wokingham Borough Council explored how much you can expect to collect, what kit you would need, costs and performance, communications, and the environmental benefits. We had many requests for further informaton on this topic after our popular webinar on the same subject, back in July. If you’re considering introducing this service to your local area, and missed the session last week, you can watch the webinar here.

Patrick Mahon helped finish off the conference nicely with a look at the targets and tonnages set out in the Resources and Waste Stratgey. He highlighted that they are ambitious targets and we need to act now if we hope to meet them. If you think WRAP might be abe to get help you get there, feel free to get in touch via lasupport@wrap.org.uk with any questions.

As Patrick mentioned, WRAP is keen to support local authorities to make your services the best they can be. Our vision is a world in which resources are used sustainably, and local authorities’ waste management services are crucial to achieving this vision. Over the next few weeks, you might be hearing and seeing more of WRAP as we expand our offering to as many local authorities as possible. If you’d like to stay in the loop with our activities; including events, workshops, and webinars, sign up to our newsletter.

In late October, we will be building on the success of our summer webinar series, and hosting a new series for Autumn. If there any particular topics you would like us to cover, get in touch, we’re always keen to hear your thoughts.

In the meantime, if you are looking for specialised one to one support, free-to-use and ready-made campaign materials to engage you citizens, or some evidence-based guidance to help boost your performance, you can find everything on our brand new local authority-dedicated page, wrap.org.uk/local-authorities. We’ve got you covered.