There aren't many times as waste and recycling managers we find ourselves collectively in the eye of a national storm, but the closure of HWRC sites in the wake of the lockdown announcement of 23 March may prove to be one. The previous weekend had seen a tsunami of residents assailing the gates of HWRC sites up and down the land, either in an effort to dispose of the efforts of their furious domestic gardening and spring cleaning after the first period of self-isolation, or a fear that we were going to close the "tip" imminently.
We are all in the midst of a global health emergency; business as usual no longer applies. We recognise the pressure many of you are under – and that all of us face as parents, children, siblings and friends.
I’m sure you are all still reeling from the developments of the last few weeks, and the latest announcement from the Government that we must all stay at home where possible.
It’s important, right now, for us all to be as transparent and as communicative as possible. A big advantage of facing huge problems in these times is that we can be in touch, we can share issues, concerns and even solutions. LARAC has been working hard on behalf of its members and engaging with DEFRA, Devolved Governments, the wider industry and other local authority organisations since this crisis started.
They say that nature abhors a vacuum, but right now anything to slows down or delay the onward transmission of the corona virus could be viewed as a good thing. Governments around the world have acted to fill that space and been reacting with different policies and at different timescales but with a common objective – delay, delay, delay.