News and Blogs

The Health & Safety At Work etc Act 1974 – Back to basics!

23 Jun 2021 |
Ashley Wild, LARAC Health and Safety

Anyone who has a level of responsibility for Health & Safety in their workplace should have an understanding of the Health & Safety At Work etc Act (HSWA) 1974 . Granted, it’s a significant beast but it’s the principle piece of statute law regulating health and safety in the workplace of every industry. Based on my own experience, the key points below are the more common areas enforced by the HSE with Section 2 being particularly relevant to the waste industry:

Announcing the LARAC Scholars for 2021

22 Jun 2021 |
LARAC Office

LARAC is delighted to announce that the 2021 scholarship places to our Conference in the autumn have now been allocated. 

We are very proud that this intake brings our total of scholars to date to 300!  

By the time you read this there will be less than two weeks left to submit our responses for DEFRA’s Consistency Consultation, with the deadline for the EPR and DRS Consultations having passed nearly three weeks ago – where has the time gone? I don’t think I can stress enough how important these reforms are going to be and how much they will impact the future of resources and waste management for local authorities, so if you are an English local authority, please do make sure you get your consistency response in before the 4 July deadline. 

Tackling litter to ensure a cleaner, greener planet

11 Jun 2021 |
Cromwell Polythene - LARAC Partner

People are becoming more aware that, as well as being an eyesore, litter discarded on our streets, or that enters our rivers and seas, can harm our environment and our wildlife. We know that items can contain toxic materials that are hazardous to our health and, if illegally dumped, these can leach into water sources, contaminate the soil, and pollute the air. To help tackle this, many local authorities, businesses, charities, and individuals have made the ‘pledge to pick’ in Keep Britain Tidy’s annual Great British Spring Clean, taking place from 28 May to 13 June.

Two down and one to go ....

8 Jun 2021 |
Lee Marshall, LARAC CEO

It is a case of two down and one to go as far as the consultations are concerned. Last week we submitted our responses to the DRS and EPR consultation and work continues on drafting the response to the consistent collections consultation.