Since September last year, when shortages of HGV drivers were a national debate affecting councils' ability to provide waste and recycling collections from households and businesses, LARAC has been undertaking a monthly survey of its 270+ members to use their experiences to monitor disruptions to the frontline and supporting infrastructure across the UK. Over this timescale different aspects of our services have suffered disruption at different rates. But with the national media publishing stories and pictures of black bin bags piled in the streets, our January survey was a chance to test out whether this was a nationwide problem or if councils across the land were managing the numerous challenges they face at this time of year.  Following analysis of our latest survey returns, the impact of Omicron on frontline waste and recycling services and supporting treatment and disposal infrastructure, is clear

Just 'Make it Easy' ...

11 Jan 2022 |
LARAC Office

As far as new year's resolutions go, they are better if they are simple and easy.  And it's a good idea if they can make a difference.  So when OPRL came along with their 'Make it Easy' campaign I thought this might be something useful to pass on, because I reckon most people want their resolutions on the easy side. A simple thing to do.  Sign a petition to make recycling simple. 

A new, independent report from the consulting team at Reconomy Group company, Valpak for British Glass has shown in no uncertain terms why glass packaging must be collected and recycled through an improved, consistent kerbside scheme as proposed within Defra's recent extended producer responsibility (EPR) and consistency of collection consultations, and not through a deposit return scheme (DRS).

Guidance revised to address lead-acid battery issues

7 Dec 2021 |
In this special report, James Langley takes a look at issues around the definitions of portable batteries and recycling targets.

The government has revised its joint guidance on portable batteries in a bid to address the issues surrounding incorrect classification, particularly in relation to lead-acid batteries.

While the legislation remains unchanged, the updated guidance – published by Defra, the Environment Agency, and the Office for Product Safety and Standards – means that some producers who previously reported certain batteries as industrial may now need to report them as portable.

WRAP is supporting DEFRA, DAERA, Natural Resources Wales and the Scottish Government with the emerging waste and resource policy and it is essential that we have accurate, up to date information to underpin this work. We are seeking to understand current trends and insights regarding Anaerobic Digestion (AD), In-Vessel Composting (IVC), Energy from Waste (EfW), non-hazardous landfill, and Material Recovery Facilities (MRF).