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New LARAC chair spells out priorities

Waste prevention, quality in recycling and the circular economy will be at the centre of the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee’s (LARAC) efforts, the association’s new chair has said.

Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird singled out the main areas of work for LARAC as he was elected chair of the organisation.

Bird, recycling strategy and commissioning manager at Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, succeeded Joy Blizzard, who stood down in early January after ten years at the head of LARAC.

LARAC welcomed Bird in his new role noting he had been taking the lead on many consultation responses as policy support office.

“As such he brings with him an in-depth knowledge of the various LARAC aims,” said the organisation.

He is also the association’s West Midlands representative.

Bird said: “We continue to live in challenging times, as seen in the last week by the controversy from DCLG’s so called ‘Bin Bible’.

“As chair I will do my upmost to represent our members’ best interests at a national level, as well as giving advice where necessary.”

Also elected were new vice-chairs Sally Talbot, team manager, waste and operations at Staffordshire County Council and Durk Reyner, head of client environment services at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.

They both had previous responsibilities at LARAC, as policy support officer and member of the LARAC executive, respectively.

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