News and Blogs

LARAC Conference moves to a virtual setting

17 Jun 2020 |
LARAC Office

LARAC has confirmed that the 2020 UK LARAC conference will not take place as a live event due to the Covid-19 situation. The 2020 LARAC Conference was due to take place in Birmingham on 14 and 15 October and bookings would have normally opened in June. The event is seen as the premier local authority waste conference of the year and features the LARAC Awards.

WRAP unveils changes to £1.5 million textiles fund

16 Jun 2020 |
Robyn White, Letsrecycle

Resources charity WRAP has made a number of changes to its £1.5 million fund to support textile recycling projects, in an effort to “streamline the process” and ensure funds can be allocated more quickly. 

Launched on 23 March, the fund was aimed at projects which provide innovative ways to recycle or re-use textiles, and was available through grants of between  £20,000 and £170,000. It was open to organisations of any size.

Health and Safety - Let's not forget the bigger picture

16 Jun 2020 |
Ashley Wild, LARAC Health and Safety

Following the national campaign to get behind our frontline NHS staff battling the Covid-19 spread, there has been a new-found love for key workers generally. For the first time in my working career, our frontline waste collection teams have been praised and commended by the public for continuing to provide another vital, yet fundamental public service across our society and messages of thanks and pictures adorn many bins in my road!  With this in mind, we might forget how dangerous our industry remains during this pandemic, and in how many ways.

Make better use of resources by improving reuse and recycling

16 Jun 2020 |
Cromwell Polythene managing director, James Lee

COVID-19 has resulted in countless changes to our daily lives, but as lockdown restrictions gradually ease, can we seize the opportunity for stronger action to protect our planet and build a greener future?

Ready for a LATCO?

9 Jun 2020 |
Maria Warner, LARAC National Rep and Waste & Recycling Services Manager at Oxford Direct Services

Maria Warner, Waste and Recycling Services Manager, ODS, shows how the waste sector has benefitted from the new ‘hybrid’ business model in Oxford.

When we think of waste and recycling collection, we generally think of delivery by a private or public sector organisation. But now there is a third way - a hybrid model which combines the best qualities of both via a local authority trading company, or LATCO.