Oxford City Council has announced it has turned its direct services operation into a social enterprise which means it can now bid for more commercial work.

The council explained that until now there were limits to the financial income that the DSO could earn but now it can make more money through the wholly-owned social enterprise which it has called Oxford Direct Services Ltd (ODS).

LARAC Responds to DRS Announcement

28 Mar 2018 |
Lee Marshall, CEO

LARAC has responded to the announcement from DEFRA that it is moving forward with a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) with the release of the report on the previous call for evidence. LARAC states that the evidence gathered so far is inconclusive on the benefits of a DRS in the UK, as the report itself outlines. LARAC echoes the report’s findings that more work needs to be done ahead of any DRS being implemented in the UK and feels the announcement by DEFRA reads that a DRS is to be introduced rather than further exploring the concept as the working group suggest.

Tackling crime and poor performance in the waste sector

22 Mar 2018 |
Dianne Hewgill, LARAC Policy Support Officer

The Defra consultation on proposals to tackle crime and poor performance in the waste sector & introduce a new fixed penalty for the waste duty of care closes on 26th March, and we submitted our response yesterday, 21st March.  The consultation is split into 3 parts; part A and B focusses on the standard operator competence and reforming the waste exemptions regime. Part C, covers the introduction of Fixed Penalty Notice for household Duty of Care offences.

Statistics published by Defra have suggested that the 2017 collection target for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) has been missed, with compliance schemes expecting a ‘seven figure’ compliance fee.

However, some producer compliance schemes have remained calm, explaining that the figures are not necessarily disastrous. Others have said that the UK remains on target to meet EU targets once substantiated estimates are taken into account, pointing to a study which shows that up to 10% of scrap metal can be counted as large household appliances.

Youngsters take the lead in recycling and tackling litter

13 Feb 2018 |
Peter Doherty, Bury Metropolitan Borough Council