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20 October 2020

HWRCs to close as part of Welsh lockdown

All Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in Wales will be shut as part of the ‘fire break’ two week national lockdown, announced by the Welsh first minister yesterday, 19 October. [caption id="attachment_138718" align...


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19 October 2020

LGA reports recycling increase for 80% of councils  


The Local Government Association (LGA) is calling on the government to lay out details for waste and recycling reforms, after it reported that 8 out of 10 councils saw an increase in the amount of material collected for recycling since the ...

19 October 2020

Opposition to fewer residual collections ‘tails off’


Restricting residual waste capacity is always worse for residents in anticipation than in reality and service satisfaction levels quickly bounce back, according to experience in Wales. Owain Griffiths, recycling advisor at ...

19 October 2020

Kerbside textile service can cut costs, WRAP says


Up to 5% of municipal residual waste is made up of textiles, WRAP has claimed, stating that local authorities could save on disposal costs by rolling out a kerbside textile collection service. And, Julia Bragg, recycling and ...

16 October 2020

LARAC 2020 awards winners announced


The 2020 LARAC awards took place this week, October 14, recognising the hard work of local authority recycling teams, individuals and council partners in the last 12 months.  Held virtually, after the first day of the 2020 ...

16 October 2020

LARAC 2020: ‘Expect food waste gate fee rises’


Any negative gate fees for biowaste treatment are unlikely to continue and councils can expect gate fees to rise ahead of the introduction of mandatory collections of food waste in 2023. That was one of the messages from Mark ...

16 October 2020

LARAC 2020: ‘Source separation is best’


Source separation of paper for recycling is the best collection approach, Dan Prosser, at DS Smith emphasised to delegates at this week’s virtual LARAC conference. Mr Prosser is UK business development and fibre procurement ...

15 October 2020

LARAC 2020: ‘Improvements’ needed in council data


“Big improvements” are needed in how local authorities record waste collection data, WRAP's special advisor for collections and recycling has said.  Chris Mills was speaking at the virtual 2020 LARAC Conference yesterday (14 ...

14 October 2020

Court of Auditors warns over costs of DRS


Deposit Return Schemes can support more ambitious recycling targets for plastic bottles “but come at a cost”, the European Court of Auditors has warned. In a report on EU action to tackle the issue of plastic waste, the Court...

13 October 2020

Birmingham could abandon ‘incineration’ from 2034


A Birmingham city council official has suggested the local authority may look to "move away from incineration” from 2034, when a waste disposal contract it is currently procuring for comes to an end. Veolia signed a 25-year-deal...