Lib Dem’s Baroness Bakewell to address LARAC Conference

The Liberal Democrat’s House of Lords’ spokesperson for environment, food and rural affairs will address the upcoming LARAC local authority recycling officers conference to be held next month.

Baroness Catherine Bakewell of Hardington and Mandeville will deliver an opening keynote to the gathering of local authority recycling officers and waste management professionals.

She draws upon her extensive experience as a local councillor and as leader of Somerset county council from 2001 to 2007. She was appointed to Westminster’s upper house in 2013 with the party’s responsibility for the environment.

The LibDem address continues the pattern of senior politicians addressing the event, with Labour’s Mary Creagh attending last year and the previous year, the former recycling minister, Therese Coffey.

2-3 October

To be held on the 2 and 3 October, the 400+ attendees to this year’s LARAC Conference will hear talks from industry experts and attend seminars and practical workshops. The event also includes the annual celebration awards recognising the achievements of local authority recycling officers and their colleagues over the past twelve months. LARAC is the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee and represents  voices on waste and recycling issues.

The conference programme includes an address from Julie Gallacher, sustainability lead at Nespresso, and an update on the Resources and Waste Strategy and the Environment Bill from Chris Preston, deputy director waste and recycling at Defra.

The event is open to both the public and private sector and tickets are still available. For details visit:  Larac Conference 2019  or call 020 7633 4500.

Hilton Metropole

Sponsors of the event include FCC Environment, Biffa, Countrystyle Recycling and WRAP. It will be held at the Hilton Metropole, close to the Birmingham NEC and the Birmingham International rail station.

There will also be case studies presented from local authorities and the devolved administrations, as well as a strategy question time and plenaries focusing on the practicalities of Consistency and Targets, Deposit Return Schemes (DRS) and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).

Other timetable highlights include talks on creating communications to reduce contamination and taking services in-house, as well as sessions on reducing waste sent to landfill and making the most of data.


The evening celebration awards, which are hosted on-site, will offer an opportunity to network with key local authority and industry contacts. The shortlist of finalists for the awards have now been announced and can be found on the LARAC Conference website and at LARAC finalists 2019.

(The LARAC event is organised by the Environment Media Group,’s parent company).