News and Blogs

The ESA ‘Takes Charge’ on Zombie battery fires for Halloween

21 Oct 2020 |
Ashley Wild, LARAC Health and Safety

You may be more familiar with the term ‘Rogue batteries’ but as we fast approach Halloween, and in keeping with the theme, I much prefer the term ‘Zombie batteries’. A Zombie battery is no longer required, flat or surplus to requirements, and finds it way into the waste or recycling stream.

We did it!

21 Oct 2020 |
Carole Taylor, LARAC Chair

We did it! A two-day conference event completely online. I don’t think that I have seen any other two-day events in our industry so far this year, and therefore I feel really proud that LARAC managed to achieve this. There was a plethora of excellent speakers, for plenary and workshop sessions, as well as the annual LARAC awards skilfully hosted by our CEO, Lee Marshall. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists who are featured on the LARAC Conference website.

Virtual LARAC: What an event!

20 Oct 2020 |
Becca Hayter, Business Development Manager,Permiserv - LARAC Partner

PermiServ took part in the first ever virtual LARAC seminar as one of the silver sponsors. This year was certainly a memorable experience, largely as there was no alcohol involved but with the entire event broadcast using a conference software platform!

The technology used to showcase the event this year was incredible, the work gone into making the event as successful as it was by the LARAC team is to be hugely congratulated. Never imagined it could be done but the team certainly pulled it out of the bag.

Fond memories of Mandy Pile

20 Oct 2020 |
LARAC Office

It was with great sadness that we received the news this week that former member of the LARAC Executive, Mandy Pile, died at the weekend. Mandy collapsed while on holiday and despite the best efforts of the emergency services she could not be revived.

Mandy worked for Dover District Council who she joined in 1991. Regionally she played an active role in the Kent Resource Partnership, particularly in relation to the delivery of the East Kent contract on behalf of Dover DC and Folkestone & Hythe DC

On 16th October there was a £20m investment in cutting edge recycling technology to reduce landfill and incineration of plastics. Four new cutting-edge recycling plants will benefit from the £20m input from the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The plants will be built in Teesside, The West Midlands and Perth.

The new facilities will increase the available recycling capacity in the UK and expand the range of plastics being recycled, meaning they will not be sent to landfill or incineration, or exported overseas for disposal.