LARAC responds to Consistency Consultation

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.

LARAC has voiced concerns about the potentially prescriptive nature of proposals on collection systems. Quality materials are currently being provided by all three types of collection system and LARAC supports systems designed for local circumstances that deliver materials to available end markets.

Carole Taylor, Chair LARAC, said “through our surveys and workshops there was a very strong message from our members that nationwide free garden waste was a backwards step. Our members told us that garden waste is not going in the residual bin and that they are achieving good returns through charged for systems. By allowing charges it frees up central funding to support other aspects of the collections system. Food waste collections are one area where that funding could be used, with local authorities supportive of fully funded food waste collections.”

LARAC has stressed the importance of product design and end market availability throughout the response. LARAC states that consistent collections are pointless without consistent end markets and consistent materials to collect in the first place.

LARAC has also questioned the value of adopting standard bin colours against the likely cost and the long time it will take to implement. The proposed increase in funding for national communications is welcomed and LARAC wants to see mandated use of OPRL on packaging which would help local campaigns funded through the EPR system.

Read a summary of the LARAC Response