28 November 2019 by Joshua Doherty

Carole Taylor to continue as LARAC chair

The Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) has confirmed that Carole Taylor will continue as chair of the organisation for another two-year term.

Ms Taylor – who was appointed chair in 2017 (see letsrecycle.com story) – is one of the organisation’s longest serving members, having been on the LARAC Executive since 2002.

Carole Taylor has been a member of the LARAC Executive since 2002

She has previously been treasurer and vice-chair before formally taking up her current role in January 2018.

Commenting after being appointed, Ms Taylor said while it has been an “extremely busy” two years as chair she is proud to be in the role.

“The whole team has represented local authorities at a national level, fought their corner and helped people understand the challenges we face in local government. I am grateful for the support the executive has given me.”

Ms Taylor added: “The fact our membership is growing shows we are working hard on our members’ behalf, representing their views and providing them with services they value. The next two years will bring huge changes to UK waste policy and I look forward to making sure the local authority voice is heard, representing council officers and leading LARAC through further growth.”

The announcement comes as LARAC says it “continues to grow its membership”, with over 300 UK local authorities now members.

LARAC has put this “continued increase” down in part to the extensive work it undertook early this year in responding to the major consultations on Consistency, a deposit return scheme  and extended producer responsibility legislation.

The committee also said its membership has been boosted by featuring regularly in evidence giving sessions at House of Common Committees and provided comprehensive responses to the consistency, DRS and EPR consultation that numerous local authorities used as a base for their own responses.

Ms Taylor will also continue to be LARAC’s North West representative.

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