Andy Doran has stepped down as chairman of the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) to become the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' Head of Local Authority Waste Performance. Current LARAC vice chairman Lee Marshall was unanimously elected to replace Doran and become LARAC's seventh chairman.
This year, the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee’s annual conference in Nottingham in October had two distinct faces. One – through gritted teeth – was proudly showing how well local authorities are managing to keep their services going despite the severe ‘austerity’ spending cuts in the past eight years. The other face was quizzical, unable yet to fathom what policy changes the next 12 months will bring.
The major political parties are so taken up with issues around Brexit negotiations that it is a wonder any other business gets done in Parliament at all. But this year’s party conference season revealed a lot of interest in our industry, reflecting widespread public concern about plastics pollution. Good waste management has become a vote-winning issue.
The proposed new formula for central Government funding of council services including waste collection will see more than £0.5bn diverted away from London authorities, independent analysis shared with MRW’s sister title Local Government Chronicle (LGC) has found.
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