National lockdowns latest

5 Jan 2021 |
LARAC Office

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a new national lockdown for England (Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland have individual lockdown measures - click on the links for the latest info).

APSE, the Association for Public Service Excellence, has announced that the winner of the Best Service Team for the delivery of a Waste Management and Recycling Service is East Riding of Yorkshire Council with the council also taking the top prize as Overall Council of the Year.

The annual awards celebrate outstanding achievement and innovation within local government service delivery.

Litter Binfrastructure grant

21 Dec 2020 |

This grant scheme has been created to support the release of the 'Binfrastructure - The right bin in the right place' guidance released by WRAP on behalf of Defra in October.  

The scheme is open to local authorities based in England and shall award capital grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 to successful applicants for the purchase and installation of new bins, with the aim of providing infrastructure in identified litter-prone 'hotspot' locations. 

Retailers prepare to take back WEEE instore

15 Dec 2020 |
From January 2021 large electronic retailers will be obliged to take back waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in-store. James Langley examines how it’s all going to work

In a shake-up of recycling obligations, large retailers who have a turnover for sales of electronic equipment in excess of £100,000 will be required to take back WEEE instore from 2021.

Previously, retailers who sold electrical goods could pay a fee which covered their recycling obligations under the distributor take-back scheme (DTS). The money was passed to local authorities to fund WEEE collection facilities at civic amenity sites and household waste recycling centres (HWRCs).

The Environment Agency updated its guidance for Technically Competent Managers (TCM) attendance during Coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions on 7th December

Many operators are concerned about how they can satisfy attendance requirements whilst sites are running on reduced staffing levels while staff maybe ill or self-isolating.