People are becoming more aware that, as well as being an eyesore, litter discarded on our streets, or that enters our rivers and seas, can harm our environment and our wildlife. We know that items can contain toxic materials that are hazardous to our health and, if illegally dumped, these can leach into water sources, contaminate the soil, and pollute the air. To help tackle this, many local authorities, businesses, charities, and individuals have made the ‘pledge to pick’ in Keep Britain Tidy’s annual Great British Spring Clean, taking place from 28 May to 13 June.
It is a case of two down and one to go as far as the consultations are concerned. Last week we submitted our responses to the DRS and EPR consultation and work continues on drafting the response to the consistent collections consultation.
LARAC has given broad support to proposals for full net cost recovery in the recent consultation on EPR for packaging. However, LARAC continues to express concern about the use of reference costs within the consultation as they go against the concept of full net cost recovery that is at the centre of EPR reforms. LARAC also believes that material sales should lie with producers who are better placed to deal with the fluctuations in market values than local authorities are.
In its response to the recent Government consultation on a possible DRS, LARAC has firmly stated that a DRS should be deferred until after policies on EPR and Consistency have had a chance to work. LARAC added that deferring will also allow proper research into the possibility of a digital based DRS in the UK as well as understanding the full impacts that the Covid-19 pandemic might have on the operation of a DRS.
WikiWaste, although having expanded into a free encyclopaedia on all things resource and waste-related, was initially designed as a tool for LAs to freely access their data on a site which was more accessible and easier to use than WDF so please click in, find your LA page, have a look around and tell us what you think!