Local authority webinars

WRAP runs regular webinars for local authorities, designed to help make your waste and recycling collections more efficient.

We will be running a new series of webinars from May to June, including the topics of COVID-19 citizen communications and market insights and recycling in HMO’s. Watch this space for more information coming soon and if there’s a subject you’d particularly like us to cover, please email your suggestion to us at la.support@wrap.org.uk

An uncertain future: The impact of COVID-19 on recovered material end markets

Wednesday 8th July, 11am-12

Over the past few months there have been some dramatic shifts in recovered material markets – the closure of some markets and opportunity in others has resulted in volatile prices. Uncertainty over the future direction and viability of end markets remains a concern for Local Authorities as we enter the second half of 2020. Join Peter Sainsbury (WRAP Lead Economist) and Debbie Palfrey (WRAP Cymru Materials Marketing & Compliance Advisor) to discuss the key market developments and strategies Local Authorities can employ.

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Love Food Hate Waste summer citizen campaign

Monday 20th July 2020 2-3pm

Join us for a webinar on the summer citizen LFHW campaign launch and calendar of activities for July 2020 - March 2021, including new Love Food Hate Waste assets. If you are not the right contact to attend this webinar update, please forward to the appropriate Marketing Communications / PR person with thanks.

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Driving up plastic film recycling in the UK

21st July 2020, 11am-12

Plastic Film & Flexible recycling is the number one priority for The UK Plastics Pact. Find out from WRAP’s Adam Herriott and Lowelle Bryan: what work The Pact has been doing; future plans up to 2025; and how local authorities can help lead the way in getting film collected at the kerbside.

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Sharing a house, sharing responsibility: Recycling in HMOs

Wednesday 20th May

In this webinar, Cathy Cook from LWARB joined WRAP’s Debbie Slater to talk about the topic of HMOs. Key areas included:

  • An overview of Ethnographic research, specific to HMOs, recently carried out in London.
  • What it is like to live in an HMO and how the barriers to recycle compare with those of ordinary domestic kerbside properties and purpose-built flats.
  • How much of a challenge HMOs really are and what opportunities there are to improve recycling.
  • Targeting individuals, households and landlords to achieve behaviour change in HMOs.

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COVID-19 – support and discussion for Local Authorities

Thursday 16 April

In this virtual drop in session, we discussed the challenges you are facing and invited feedback on how we can further help during the COVID-19 crisis. We also gave a guided tour of new Recycle Now assets and existing Love Food Hate Waste assets that you can use, to help with citizen communications at this time. We shared examples of how local authorities have applied these assets and introduced the new resource matching initiative from WasteSupport, followed by a Q&A session. 

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Webinar Recordings from January – March 2020

Here are recordings of six earlier webinars we delivered this year, including; a demo on how to input your Council’s information into LARSU (our database on collection schemes); exploring findings from our one-to-one support with Local Authorities on consistency in collection; sharing eagerly awaited information on the recycling in flats project; running an update on The UK Plastics Pact which is leading a global wave of change in the way we make, use, re-use and dispose of plastic; plus sharing how to plan effective communications about your collections.

How to use LARSU (Local Authority Recycling Scheme Updater)

WRAP’s Local Authority Recycling and Waste information portal provides access to data on waste and recycling collections for anyone to use. Together with WasteDataFlow, and carefully researched industry statistics, it’s also the data we and Defra use for modelling future options for resource management in England. Every year we ask Local Authorities to update this important source of data in the UK through LARSU – Local Authority Recycling Scheme Updater.  The window to update your information is from January 15th to March 23rd, so to help you whizz through the process this year, join our bite-sized webinar led by Patrick Shannon-Hughes from WRAP’s Waste Data team for a quick demonstration!

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Consistency in collections: key findings from WRAP’s recent one to one local authority support

Over the last 4 years WRAP has worked with over 120 local authorities across England, helping them to assess their future options for the development of their waste collection and recycling services. With the principle of ‘consistency in household recycling’ underpinning many of the proposals in the Government’s Resources & Waste Strategy, this webinar will share some of the key findings from WRAP’s ‘consistency’ support, highlighting how different collection scenarios performed in our studies and, for two-tier authorities, how the costs and benefits might be shared.  The webinar is aimed at Heads of Service, Service Development Managers and other officers involved in designing local authority household waste collection services.

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Findings from Resource London’s flats project
Wednesday 26 February, 12.00 - 1.00 pm

Gemma Scott, Local Authority Support Manager (Flats) from Resource London and Julia Bragg, WRAP, will introduce key learnings from in-depth research into how people manage their waste in flats. This webinar will explore how these learnings can be used in other Local Authorities, and will share information on the barriers and opportunities that shaped the intervention phase of the flats project.

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Highlights from the UK Plastics Pact
Thursday 5 March, 12.30 - 1.30 pm 

Since the launch of The UK Plastic Pact in April 2018, we have seen a great deal of success. With four key targets to eliminate problem plastics, make all plastic packaging reusable, compostable or recyclable, improve recycling rates and boost recycled content, The UK Plastic Pact is now being used as blue print for work in other countries.

Helen Bird, Strategic Engagement Manager and Laura Copsey, Consumer Campaigns Project Manager, shared highlights from the UK Plastics Pact to date; set out what’s next; and discussed how Local Authorities can play a role. Listen to the recording including Q&As 

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How to plan communications to support service changes
Tuesday 10 March, 12.00 - 1.00 pm

This webinar was designed to help local authorities effectively plan and develop communications that support service changes, whether it’s the introduction of a new waste service or changes to existing recycling schemes. Highlighting the important role of communications in supporting operational activities, key topics covered include the planning cycle, branding and messaging, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation. Advice is included on which communications are considered ‘Essentials’ and ‘Nice to haves’, providing indicative costs for different activities. We have also given examples of recent communications that local authorities have developed to support service change. Listen to the recording including Q&As.

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Resource London’s flats projects – what do they mean for you?
Wednesday 18 March, 12.00 - 1.00 pm

This webinar followed on from our webinar on 26 February with Resource London. In this second session, Gemma Scott, Local Authority Support Manager (Flats) from Resource London and Julia Bragg, Recycling & Collections Adviser from WRAP, introduced practical guidance and a new tool kit to local authorities and housing associations. The tool kit is especially designed to address barriers to recycling in flats.

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