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Carole Taylor confirmed as LARAC Chair for two more years

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

Taylor is one of the Executive’s longest-serving members, previously holding the roles of Treasurer and Vice-Chair before being appointed as LARAC’s tenth Chair in January 2018. She is also LARAC’s North West representative, alongside her role as Waste and Recycling Co-ordinator at Pendle Borough Council.

An image of Carole Taylor at the LARAC conference
Carole Taylor at the 2019 LARAC conference

Commenting on the announcement, Taylor said: “It has been an extremely busy two years in the role and I have been proud to be Chair of the LARAC Executive. 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. 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. I believe a real strength of LARAC is the fact we represent all types of local authority officers equally; collection, disposal, unitary and waste partnerships.

“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 future growth.”

Over the past year, LARAC, which now has over 300 UK local authority members, undertook considerable work responding to the major consultations on consistency, deposit return scheme (DRS) and extended producer responsibility (EPR). After providing members with briefing notes for each consultation, LARAC conducted member surveys, held workshops and shared draft responses ahead of the consultation deadline. LARAC has also provided consultation responses at evidence giving sessions at House of Commons Committees.

This year’s LARAC’s conference, which had previously been held in Nottingham, moved to Birmingham’s NEC to accommodate the increasing exhibitor and delegate numbers.

You can find more information on the LARAC website.