LARAC recently engaged with CIWM and other industry partners to hear of innovative approaches to tackling waste crime in the UK. Waste crime covers a range of activities, from fly tipping and illegal exports to misclassification and fraud and costs the UK £600 million per year. Local authorities often face a disproportionate bill for remedying the impacts of waste crime and LARAC supports a co-ordinated, pan industry approach that relieves the burden on cash strapped Council’s, tackling these issues at source. Login and read my full report in the Members Area (Meeting Reports section).
WEEE – waste electrical and electronic equipment – compliance fees for 2017 will be set using a methodology drawn up by the Joint Trade Associations, it has been revealed.
This will include a ‘flat rate’ of £3.50 per tonne to reflect the variable costs involved in collecting and processing WEEE, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has said.
The WEEE compliance fee methodology has been announced
LARAC has welcomed the publication of the Government Environment Plan, “A Green Future” and the high level aims it sets out, but is keen to seek clarification on the thinking behind the “comprehensive and frequent waste and recycling collections” that the Government states it is committed to. LARAC is concerned that the plan appears to have a focus on plastics specifically which suggests a plan for the moment rather than the future. LARAC urges the Government to consider carefully the long-awaited Resources and Waste Strategy and ensure it acts on all waste streams.
LARAC has welcomed the recent House of Commons Environment Audit Committee (EAC) report into disposable coffee cups that calls for much greater producer responsibility in the UK and the introduction of a levy that would fund council services. LARAC emphasised during the evidence it gave to the EAC the impacts on local authority street cleaning operations that coffee cups cause and the strain this places on already thin budgets. LARAC is therefore pleased that the EAC clearly state that funds from a levy are ploughed into on the go recycling infrastructure and communications.
LARAC has welcomed elements of the recent House of Commons Environment Audit Committee report into single use packaging that calls for much greater producer responsibility in the UK, but is dismayed at the recommendation that a DRS for PET bottles is considered by the Government. LARAC strongly pointed out during the evidence it gave to the EAC that the impacts on local authority collection schemes has been overstated and very lightly researched up to now and requires and in-depth investigation before proper conclusions on effectivity can be drawn.