News and Blogs

Government pressed on fly-tipping fines

3 Aug 2021 |
Robyn White,

An “unprecedented number” of local authorities and professional bodies have come together in support of a letter that urges the Sentencing Council to consider tougher fines and sentences for fly tipping offenders.

Move aside Consultations - it's time for Conferences!

3 Aug 2021 |
Lee Marshall, LARAC CEO

As we move into August and the restrictions we have been living and working under for the past 18 months continue to slowly ease, our attention is turning from consultations to conferences. First up will be the LARAC Scotland Conference on 24 August in Glasgow. This is free to LARAC members.

Approaches to material sales: A guide for local authorities

3 Aug 2021 |
Debbie Slater, Local Authorities Collections and Recycling Advisor, WRAP – LARAC Partner

Developing a sales strategy to maximise income from the materials you collect can be a tricky balance. While some factors which influence this, such as fluctuating market conditions, lie outside of an authority’s control, there are also opportunities which can be taken advantage of. Getting the strategy right for your area will benefit the income you achieve.

With pressure on local authority budgets showing no sign of easing, funding for communications campaigns is not always available. However, help is at hand. Valpak is supporting councils and charities with consumer campaigns to raise awareness around WEEE and battery recycling. 

Best practice for battery recycling in 2021

22 Jul 2021 |
With fires caused by waste batteries on the rise, local authorities are focusing on solutions. James Nash, explains how Valpak is helping one council to drive greater volumes of battery and WEEE waste.

Worldwide figures from the UN’s global e-waste monitor1 show that electronics and electrical equipment waste is the world’s fastest-growing domestic waste stream. A record 53.6 million metric tonnes of electronic waste was generated worldwide in 2019, up 21 per cent in just five years. The 2020 report also predicts that global e-waste – discarded products with a battery or plug – will reach 74 metric tonnes by 2030.