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    01st Apr 2019

    LARAC Scholars blog

    Author: Alyce Morris


    Ringing in 2019 with the new REPIC LARAC scholarship programme


    2019 is set to be a busy and interesting time for the WEEE recycling industry, with Defra set to publish a review of the effectiveness of the 2013 WEEE Regulations and seeking views by the end of 2020, on matters including how the existing regulations can be amended to encourage better designed products.


    With a big year ahead, we’re ready to kick off a new programme of exciting events to match. From recycling plant visits to roundtables, our 2019 scholarship programme offers variety of activities as part of REPIC’s ongoing support for LARAC, which represents the emerging voice of local government recycling officers.


    LARAC Scholars: Plant visit and round table discussion


    We are in the midst of planning a warm welcome to our 2019 scholars with the LARAC Scholars event, taking place in Spring 2019. After a tour of a recycling plant, scholars will sit alongside expert guests from the industry to generate what we hope will be a lively debate.


    The topic for the day will be EPR, target setting and best practice for instigating behavioural change. The roundtable, alongside the site, will offer all the scholars unparalleled insight into the inner workings of the WEEE industry.


    For our previous Scholars event in September 2018, the round table debate – held at the Electrical Waste Recycling Group (EWRG) in Huddersfield – brought together LARAC Scholars from councils in Bolton, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Rochdale. Lee Marshall, LARAC chief executive, and seven members of the REPIC team including chief executive, Mark Burrows Smith were also in attendance.


    The topic of the debate ­– chaired by Will Date, associate editor at Let’s Recycle – was ‘sharing best practice behaviour change campaigns for improving recycling rates’. The aim was to ascertain top tactics for engaging consumers in WEEE recycling – effectively, getting them to ‘do the right thing’.


    On the day, the group shared insight from the scholars around what behaviour change campaigns had worked well in their local areas. It was encouraging to hear that these activities had driven a real uplift in the individual Boroughs’ recycling rates, across WEEE and beyond.


    Following the wealth of positive feedback from this event, we’re keen to follow up with another packed day of useful and engaging sessions. This year we are hoping to open up the event to both past and present LARAC scholars - to give the Alumni a chance to share their WEEE knowledge.


    LARAC Conference 2019


    Looking further ahead in 2019, this year’s LARAC conference will be held from 2nd - 3rd October with a scholars’ day on 1st October.


    Our support for LARAC is a hugely important part of what we do here at REPIC. We can’t wait to get cracking on the calendar of events for 2019!

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