News

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...

By
OPRL
Posted
2 February 2017

Nearly eight years after launch, OPRL is trimming its on-pack labels to make them simpler for consumers to understand and easier for retailers and manufacturers to use.

With recent consumer surveys showing 7 in 10 recognise OPRL labels and 2 in 3 refer to them, the not-for-profit is responding to consumer calls for simpler, clearer messaging. Following a three-month review of the labelling system, components will only be listed on complex packaging, and materials will no longer...

By
LARAC Office
Posted
1 February 2017

Resources and Waste Minister, Dr Therese Coffey was unable to deliver her speech on the future of waste and recycling in the UK to the Aldersgate Group event in London yesterday (31 Jan).  But Chris Preston, Deputy Director of Waste and Recycling at DEFRA was on hand to deliver her comments.

She gave the view that the UK's exit from the EU presented a 'unique opportunity' to drive up resource productivity in the UK - and the address continued: "Up to now, much of our policy in this...

By
Daniel Roberts, WM LARAC Rep
Posted
30 January 2017

In 2013 Biffa Municipal Ltd, working in partnership with South Staffordshire Council, introduced camera systems on all RCVs. Subsequent monitoring of footage revealed that despite a robust system in place for crews to report and document near misses/hazards there were inconsistencies in how crews were highlighting issues pertinent to dangerous driving. It soon became apparent that there was limited data regarding the nature of such incidents across the country. The Council and Biffa were...

By
APSRG
Posted
10 January 2017

The Environmental Audit Committee has published a report on the 'Future of the Natural Environment after the EU referendum', which calls on Government to commit to a new Environmental Protection Act to ensure that environmental protections are maintained in UK law after the country leaves the EU. 

The report notes that, although the government has pledged to pass a Great Repeal Bill to retain European legislation after Brexit, there still remains a risk that some pieces of...

By
APSRG
Posted
10 January 2017

The European Commission has outlined its policy priorities for this year, and the implementation of the action plan on the Circular Economy features among the top policy areas highlighted in the Commission's Work Programme for 2017.

Discussions are ongoing within EU Member States to finalise the package of proposals due to be adopted by the European Union to update existing waste and recycling legislation.
This includes proposals to increase the existing recycling target for...

By
Lee Marshall
Posted
15 December 2016

LARAC has said the latest DEFRA figures on the national recycling rate show the effects the ongoing council budget cuts are having on local authority waste services. LARAC believes the drop in recycling levels shows the funding of council waste services need a fundamental review and concepts such as Extended Producer Responsibility and Direct Charging need to be explored and implemented. LARAC urges DEFRA to work constructively with itself and other local government groups to map out the...

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