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The Global Recycling Market

26 Aug 2021 |
Ian Upstone, LARAC South East Representative

When members of the public put their paper, plastics and tinfoil out for collection by their local council, they may not realise that these common materials could end on the other side of the world.

The government set an objective in 2018 to ensure less food waste is sent to landfill by introducing consistent and nationwide collections for household food waste, outlined in their

Dealing with waste disposal efficiently and sustainably is an increasingly hot topic.


17 Aug 2021 |
Carole Taylor, LARAC Chair

Another month, another new word – pingdemic! No doubt you will have seen in the news, or even be experiencing yourself, a shortage of staff due this new phenomenon called a pingdemic. This is further exacerbated by the years of budget cuts councils have been forced to make, meaning that most waste services are now operating with the minimum of staff to begin with, all year round. Added to this is the HGV driver shortage and so it’s no wonder local authorities are having to withdraw certain services in order to maintain the more essential ones. However, as from Monday 16 August, those that are fully vaccinated can avoid the need to self-isolate, so hopefully this will help ease the situation a lot of councils are experiencing.

As you may be aware the Distributor Take-Back Scheme is currently in phase 5 which runs from 1/1/2020 – 31/12/2021. The DTS allows distributors of electrical items to offset their distributor takeback obligations by paying a fee into a funding pot and directing their consumers to their local household waste recycling centre.