On the 3rd July WISH updated WISH Info 13: The Covid-19 and Waste Management activities guidance document - this is Version 7.  The significant changes include tidying of links in all sections, clarifications on devolved issues and risk assessment, distancing measures and Covid-19 testing, explanations of the continued role of H&S in the industry workplace and clarifications on social distancing and mention of the 'fire and hand sanitiser' issue, cleaning of up of general links and links to Scotland and Wales guidance. 

They also published an example of how a COVID-19 checklist may be structured.

3rd July - Scotland Government and ZWS have launched a new grant for Scotland's resource management sector to help assist with operational adaptations required in response to Covid-19.


Councils express waste budget concerns

30 Jun 2020 |
James Langley, letsrecycle

In recent days, the national press has widely reported councils may have to declare themselves effectively bankrupt as a result of the pressures of the coronavirus pandemic.

Financial challenges have arisen throughout the pandemic, the implications of which could be felt by councils for some time.

LARAC Conference moves to a virtual setting

17 Jun 2020 |
LARAC Office

LARAC has confirmed that the 2020 UK LARAC conference will not take place as a live event due to the Covid-19 situation. The 2020 LARAC Conference was due to take place in Birmingham on 14 and 15 October and bookings would have normally opened in June. The event is seen as the premier local authority waste conference of the year and features the LARAC Awards.

WRAP unveils changes to £1.5 million textiles fund

16 Jun 2020 |
Robyn White, Letsrecycle

Resources charity WRAP has made a number of changes to its £1.5 million fund to support textile recycling projects, in an effort to “streamline the process” and ensure funds can be allocated more quickly. 

Launched on 23 March, the fund was aimed at projects which provide innovative ways to recycle or re-use textiles, and was available through grants of between  £20,000 and £170,000. It was open to organisations of any size.

AO launches collect and recycle service

3 Jun 2020 |
Robyn White, Letsrecycle

Online electrical retailer has launched a ‘collect and recycle’ service, where customers and the general public can book to have electrical appliances taken away and recycled.

The collect and recycle service allows people to book a slot for £20 to have appliances collected from households by AO workers. The company said the service was launched to reduce fly-tipping, and comes after a survey AO commissioned which shows that people under the age of 24 are the least likely to recycle.