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.

Sharing a House, Sharing Responsibility: Recycling in HMOs

2 Jun 2020 |
Debbie Slater, Local Authorities Collections and Recycling Advisor, WRAP – LARAC Partner

HMOs represent a growing housing trend and understanding the recycling behaviours of sharers is important for understanding overall recycling performance. In November 2019, Resource London (a partnership between the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) and WRAP) conducted a ‘deep dive’ ethnographic research study to build a new understanding of the barriers to recycling in HMOs, and what opportunities there may be for LAs to engender behaviour change. In this blog, we share these findings and recommendations with you.

Cromwell Polythene’s manufacturing and recycling division, Cromwell Plastics Recycling, has donated 500 kilos of blue polythene film to a fundraising partnership of volunteers and marine businesses making personal protective equipment for the NHS.

Thank you messages that witness a change

18 May 2020 |
Julie Fourcade, Head of External Affairs at FCC Environment - LARAC Partner

At the time of writing, we are almost two months into a national lockdown. Though the weeks may have felt long, all our lives have changed more quickly than many of us could have imagined.

... Whilst we seek safety and shelter inside, there are those who have little choice but to continue serving their community. And they do so quietly, often before you or I have had a chance to make our morning coffee. These men and women are our essential workers – our delivery drivers, retail shop workers, farm workers, and of course our bin crews.

WRAP support during COVID-19: Update

5 May 2020 |
Claire Shrewsbury, Head of Government and Communities, WRAP – LARAC Partner

WRAP works with over a hundred Local Authorities and we would like to thank you for the fantastic job that you and your key workers are doing out in our communities at this time.

We are still open for business in this ‘new normal’ and our team of Local Authority Advisors are working remotely and available to provide support and advice – you can contact the team at