Local authority webinars

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

We have six new webinars lined up, which will run from January to March 2020. We will be providing 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.  You can find out more and register below.

All our webinars will be recorded and available here on our website afterwards. 

How to use LARSU (Local Authority Recycling Scheme Updater)
Wednesday 29 January, 12.00 - 12.30 pm

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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Useful resources

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.  



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, will share highlights from the UK Plastics Pact to date; set out what’s next; and discuss how Local Authorities can play a role. 



How to plan communications to support service changes
Tuesday 10th March, 1.00 - 2.00 pm

This webinar is 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. Our one hour session will highlight the important role of communications in supporting operational activities. Key topics we will cover include the planning cycle, branding and messaging, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation. We will offer advice on which communications  are considered ‘Essentials’ and ‘Nice to haves’, providing indicative costs for different activities. We will also give examples of recent communications that local authorities have developed to support service change.



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

This webinar follows on from our webinar on 26 February with Resource London. We recommend you join that session first or catch up with the recording in advance. In this second session, Gemma and Julia will explain what the year-long trials revealed about the costs, practical implications, and impact of improving recycling facilities on estates, and how these might apply to your own situation.