News

By
LARAC Office
Posted
24 May 2017

Community RePaint is delighted to announce that it has won ‘Best Community Recycling Initiative at the Awards for Excellence in Recycling & Waste Management.Organised by letsrecycle.com, The Awards for Excellence in Recycling & Waste Management recognises and rewards those striving for excellence across the waste, resource and recycling sector.

The Community RePaint network collects unwanted, leftover paint and re-distributes it to individuals, families and communities in need...

By
Jennifer Perry, LARAC Support Services Officer
Posted
9 May 2017

I've been working for LARAC since 2004 which, coincidentally, was the first year of our scholarship programme - it is now in its 14th year.  The scholarship was originally only envisaged as a 3-year programme to enable local authorities to send newer members of staff to the conference completely free of charge - with accommodation and travel all paid for.  But the enthusiasm with which the scheme was received by our members, meant that no matter what, we have been determined to keep it going...

By
Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum)
Posted
9 May 2017

WISH (Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum) has released its newly revised waste fires guidance. The revised guidance will be formally launched at a waste fires seminar hosted by CFOA’s (Chief Fire Officers Association) National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) at the National Fire College at Moreton-in- Marsh on 23 June 2017, but is available in advance on the WISH web site at https://wishforum.org.uk/.

The revised waste fires guidance was produced by the...

By
Lee Marshall, LARAC CEO
Posted
5 April 2017

LARAC has today (5th April) responded, on  behalf of its members, to a recent call for evidence from the Commons Environmental Audit Committee on disposable packaging by highlighting how much progress local authorities have made in the collection of plastic bottles.

LARAC has stated that while producers and retailers have made progress in cup and bottle design and in making recycling collections more widely available a more appropriate form of...

By
LARAC Office
Posted
4 April 2017

Defra has announced that the overall target for 2017 is 622,033 tonnes, 40,617 tonnes higher than the household WEEE collected and reported by producer compliance schemes (PCSs) in 2016.  This is based on an anticipated growth in WEEE tonnages or around 14.3% compared to last year's target of 544,342 tonnes.  In effect, compliance schemes will need to collect around 40,000 tonnes more WEEE in 2017.   

The targets are below the 776,000 tonnes, which is the EU target.  Defra envisages...

By
LARAC Office
Posted
3 April 2017

The day after the Prime Minister triggered Article 50, a White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill was published, setting out the Government’s approach to converting existing EU law into domestic law on the day we leave the European Union.

The paper states that it aims to give maximum legal certainty for businesses, workers and investors and sets out how the Great Repeal Bill will deliver a smooth and orderly exit, by:

repealing the European Communities Act 1972 — returning power to UK...
By
Jennifer Perry, LARAC Office
Posted
28 February 2017

On 20th February Mr Kevan Jones (MP for North Durham) asked the following written question of the Chancellor of the Exchequer: "How many visits to landfill sites in the (a) UK and (b) North East HM Revenue and Customs has conducted to check landfill tax payments in the last 12 months?"

On 23rd February he received a written reply by Jane Ellison, Financial Secretary to the Treasury - who had commented back in November that:  "The Government fully supports the environmental argument...

By
WRAP
Posted
27 February 2017
WRAP’s Retailer Survey finds food packaging and labelling has improved but there is more to do Confusing multiple date labels mostly removed Good progress on improving freezing guidance Conflicting guidance on fridge temperature still found on many foods Some product date labels have cut the time available to eat our food. 

Analysis by the resource efficiency experts shows that around 350,000 tonnes of avoidable household food waste, worth an estimated £1 billion annually, could...

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