Working together at this busy time

It’s a busy time for WRAP at the moment. We are talking to authorities about how we might support them during the current year, developing our plans for Recycle Week in September, and launching citizen campaigns for Love Food, Hate Waste. We’re also excited to be working with CIWM on the programme for the Resourcing the Future 2019 conference in June (see below for more information).

We appreciate that it’s a particularly busy time for local authorities too, with the end of year finances and consultations for the Resource and Waste Strategy amongst other things to tackle on top of the ‘day job’.

To complement the workshops organised by LARAC, WRAP, in partnership with DEFRA, will be holding four workshops later this month to give local authority staff the opportunity to discuss some of the key themes of the consultations, with a special focus on the consultation on Consistency of Collections. The sessions are designed to be interactive with the opportunity to speak with key staff involved in Policy and Evidence. We will cover the following:

  • Minimum Service Standards proposal
  • Organics collections
  • Business waste proposal and LA roles
  • Infrastructure capacity and impacts on gate fees
  • Standardisation of containers
  • Scheme costs outlined in the IA and funding of LA collections
  • How Consistency links to the EPR and DRS Consultations
  • Local Authority barriers and individual support needs in the transition to greater Consistency

The events will be held on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 16th April – Darlington
  • Thursday 18th April – Stafford
  • Tuesday 23rd April – Southampton
  • Friday 26th April – Swindon

If you are interested in joining us, please register by emailing lasupport@wrap.org.uk with your name, job title, local authority, the location you wish to attend, and any dietary requirements. The deadline for registration is Friday 5th April.

Love Food, Hate Waste
If you’re looking for a new way to engage citizens in reducing food waste, our Compleating campaign is generating a lot of interest. Compleating is all about the fun and innovative ways that you can use up every part of the food you are buying, for example the end bits of bread or broccoli stalks. It means you get the best value from the food you buy, you get to try some creative new recipes, and you generate less waste. With one third of the food produced globally going to waste, this is a big opportunity to change. We have a range of free assets available for you to help encourage behaviour change with your citizens, both in your neighbourhood and on social media. Check them out on the partner website here. Don’t just eat it, Compleat it!

On the road to zero ‘avoidable’ waste by 2050
With major proposals to change the way materials and products are designed and managed, this year’s Resourcing the Future conference will bring together product and resource management supply chain professionals to explore the latest policy developments, and how these can achieve zero ‘avoidable’ waste by 2050. Join us on Day One to debate the measures proposed to change citizens behaviours, Extended Producer Responsibility for packaging, and a spotlight on the food waste challenge. Day Two will explore how the UK’s resource management infrastructure needs to evolve to support higher levels of ambition.