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Even in a Pandemic the Show Must Go On…

18 Nov 2020 |
Chaya Fernando, Fairport Containers - LARAC Partner Drills down into the workshops

And we were so pleased to sponsor the first Virtual LARAC Conference 2020.

The organisation and support during the event was immense and hopefully you were all able to get that conference feeling too! And although we weren’t able to manage the usual drinks and awards evening the two-day affair left us with a sentiment of togetherness at a time when our social interactions are so limited.

Highlights of LARAC 2020

17 Nov 2020 |
EMG Conference organisers and LARAC

Following the first (and hopefully last) virtual LARAC Conference, we would like to thank everyone who took part – the visitors, speakers and, of course, the sponsors who make the event possible each year. Here we reflect on some of the highlights over the course of the two days.

And the word of the year is?

17 Nov 2020 |
Carole Taylor, LARAC Chair

This will probably come as no surprise, but Collins Dictionary’s word of the year was announced last week as “lockdown”. Timely - as this came straight after the announcement that we moved from the tier system (in England) to a new national lockdown as from 5 November. Meanwhile, Wales ended their firebreak lockdown on 9 November, Scotland introduced a 5-level tiered lockdown system on 2 November and Northern Ireland has extended their circuit-breaker lockdown which was due to finish on 13 November.

Big congratulations from LARAC to its member to its Member Torfaen CBC and Partner FCC Environment for winning Best Local Authority Recycling Initiative of the Year at the Letsrecycle Awards.

Torfaen County Borough Council, its waste management partner, FCC Environment, and local recycling company, Capital Valley Plastics, are thrilled to have won ‘The Best Local Authority Recycling Initiative of the Year’ at the Lets Recycle Awards for Excellence 2020.

#PowerToDoMore – keeping batteries safe

9 Nov 2020 |
Jon Clement, Head of Procurement, Valpak - LARAC Partner

In the UK, around 40,000 tonnes of portable batteries are sold each year. However, in 2018, only 8,000 tonnes were recycled. For local authorities, the impact of such a large number of batteries evading responsible disposal routes can be dangerous and costly, as well as environmentally unsound.