"As ever the premier event for local authority waste and recycling officers offering as ever amazing value" 2015 attendee

"LARAC was incredibly useful to learn lots of the latest information and a chance to be away from the office to reflect on ways to improve the service. A valued opportunity when times in the office can be somewhat busy. It was also a great opportunity to network with people from other services to learn their best practices and with the suppliers/agencies to learn what's available." 2015 attendee

With over 470 attendees - 78% of whom were local authorities - and a huge variety of sponsors and speakers, networking with a high level of content input has always been a feature of the LARAC Conference.

Adapting to budget cuts has made local authorities ever more flexible in their approach to waste services, with a variety of approaches springing up across the country. These have ranged from reduced collection frequency to paid-for services, to outright cuts in some areas.

But, as government ministers continue to call for more consistent approaches to waste and recycling, and as councils continue to work more closely together through joint contracts and partnership approaches, are we seeing the start of a move away from localism?

At LARAC 2016 our speakers will address all of these issues, looking at the practicalities of a harmonised recycling regime, crossing the so-called ‘Berlin Walls’ of waste collection, and most importantly, making sure that these services continue to run on ever-decreasing budgets.

All of this will come alongside high level debate about the looming Circular Economy legislation, and how we can continue to improve recycling rates up to 2020 and beyond.

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