UK recycling rates are stagnating, China has closed its borders to mixed papers and plastics, and there is widespread confusion around what can be recycled in the home. The current stresses could have been side-stepped if the UK focused on quality, writes Peter Clayson of DS Smith Recycling.
LARAC has started an industry wide debate on the future of local authority waste and recycling funding with the publication of a new policy paper on the issue. LARAC urges the industry and governments to come together to turn the tide of cuts to local authority funding and inject much needed and ongoing finance into the municipal system. LARAC has made a number of recommendations which include serious research and consideration of direct charging in the UK, major producer responsibility reform and a managed process towards the standard use of the OPRL.
This workshop, held towards the end of March, was the last of six organised by WRAP/INCPEN, under the direction of the Secretary of State for the Environment, with the purpose of engaging with key stakeholders to gather evidence regarding opportunities to extend producer responsibility and reforming the existing packaging recovery note (PRN) system.
Since the Tour de France, cycling participation has increased significantly with over 18,000 more people cycling in Yorkshire according to Sport England figures (Active People Survey, 2015).
Landfill Tax rates increased across the UK from 1 April 2018 and the tax was extended to include disposals at unauthorised waste sites in England and Northern Ireland.
Another significant change from 1 April 2018 is that the Welsh Government now has its own powers to set the Landfill Tax for Wales which is known as the Landfill Disposals Tax (LDT) and which has been confirmed at the same level as the rest of the UK this year.