The government yesterday (18 June) rejected a call to ban used textiles from landfill and instead has pointed to proposals in the Resources & Waste Strategy and plans for more extended producer responsibility schemes.
In response, the Environmental Audit Committee, chaired by Labour’s Mary Creagh, hit out at the government for ‘rejecting’ what it said was a need to “act urgently to end the era of throwaway fashion”.
It seems that we can't stop writing about 'those consultations'.
Like the proverbial London buses, they did all come at once, and unlike the same, we did manage to get them all in on time, and to our members in time for their own responses.
If you missed our previous news pieces on the subject, we thought we'd give you the chance to have a summary of our responses to the consultations most relevant to our members, all in once place.
So without further ado:
It's that time again: We are very pleased to announce that the application process for this year’s LARAC Conference Scholarship programme is now open.
If you are not aware of it, the Scholarship programme enables 18 local authority officers to attend the conference free of charge and travel expenses covered as well.
This opportunity is brought to you with the support of REPIC. Over 250 Scholars have now attended the LARAC Conference through this programme, at no charge at all to their authorities.
In its response to the recent Government consultation on a possible DRS, LARAC has firmly stated that a DRS in the UK should be deferred until after policies on EPR and Consistency have had a chance to work. LARAC added that deferring will also allow proper research into the full implications of a DRS in the UK.
LARAC has welcomed the broad definition of full net cost recovery that is proposed in the recent consultation on EPR for packaging. LARAC has fought hard to highlight the funding deficiency of the existing PRN system, with local authorities currently covering 90% of the costs of dealing with waste packaging. LARAC has expressed concern about the use of reference costs within the consultation and is seeking greater clarity on their intended use as there is a danger that they go against the concept of full net cost recovery.