LARAC influence on Government reports

LARAC has been successful in imparting the LA view to government in many different ways over the last few months.  
We have been active on behalf of our members in preparations for the Waste Strategy, in the consultations afterwards, in giving evidence to Hoc Committees and in more recently in regular meetings with Defra. 
In the reports which follow members will be able to see the influence that LARAC evidence has had. 
Efra report on Plastic food and drink packaging: 
Summary points contained with in the report reference the LARAC view obtained through our written and oral evidence:
  • Government should allow local authorities to decide how recycling should be collected, but all should be required to collect an agreed core set of dry materials for recycling;
  • Support for EPR proposals so that producers pay the full net cost of managing packaging at end of life;
  • Broad support for DRS for drinks containers, recognising the concerns of LAs, the impacts upon which will be limited through EPR. The financial impact on LAs must be monitored closely;
  • Modulated fees to encourage higher levels of recycled plastic content, not simply a blanket 30% target across all polymers;
  • Reduce the threshold for obligated businesses to report on (and presumably contribute towards the cost of) packaging from 50 tonnes to 1 tonne;
  • Lifecycle Assessments (LCAs) to be completed to determine accurately the environmental impact of alternatives to plastic packaging; and
  • Waste management infrastructure is not yet sufficient to manage compostable packaging.
Report: Waste Strategy: Implications for local authorities Content
Summary points contained with in the report reference the LARAC view:
  • Local authorities should not be committed to collecting residual waste every two week. 
  • Deferment of DRS until further evidence is gained. 
  • EPR monitoring every two years to check LA funding is enough.