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.
LARAC has offered broad support for large parts of the consistency consultation but opposes the introduction of mandatory free garden waste collections. LARAC members were very strong in their rejection of this proposal and believed charged for garden waste services will still contribute strongly to a 65% recycling rate. LARAC supports the introduction of food waste collections but is keen to hear how the Government intend to fund this new burden.
Change is definitely in the air. It seemed coincidental that the LARAC Exec should get together last week to put the finishing touches to the large body of work that has been the Resources and Waste Strategy Consultations, whilst people up and down the country were making their views heard on climate change. But sometimes a mood appears to be in the 'ether' and it all seems so intricately related; people beginning to wake up to the health of the environment and us doggedly working away making sure we make the best possible responses to government consultations on waste and recycling.
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