Providing clear communications about what and how they can recycle is never more timely than at Christmas. From piles of wrapping paper to all the additional glass bottles, our recycling bins are bursting at the seams and consumers will be looking for information about what to do with it.
It has been anticipated that in the new year WEEE schemes will be required to join the Producer Compliance Scheme Balancing System (PBS).
The PBS is a system set up by compliance schemes to deal collaboratively with requests from councils for collection of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). It is used in the event that councils have been unable to agree with a compliance scheme to collect the material.
I attended a meeting on 12th November with the CIWM, Charity Retail Association (CRA), Textiles Recycling Association (TRA) to look at Health & Safety in the textiles recycling industry. I was not previously aware of this group or the sterling work they were currently involved with.
With the government’s new Waste Strategy approaching, big changes are expected for waste producers. In the meantime, many retailers and manufacturers are pre-empting legislative changes by teaming up to push the boundaries through the UK’s voluntary Plastic Pact agreement.
They say a week is a long time in politics but last Thursday a day stretched out for an eternity. Or at least so it felt. LARAC has a quarterly meeting with WRAP that has been ongoing for several years and is chance to discuss the relevant items, policy areas and work of the moment.