LCRN News & Blog
After graduating and after getting over the initial ‘yuck, rubbish’ factor, I was grateful I worked in recycling. Why? Well, many of my fellow students ended up in a variety of green sectors, mostly things like conservation and climate change, where there was little or no discernible progress. Meanwhile, I had a lovely little tonnage graph on the wall at the council I worked at that, as services were introduced, rolled out and refined, made steady upward progress. There you go – increasing environmental benefit, clearly shown in excel form. You couldn’t get much more satisfying than that.
I have just spent the day facilitating a Resource Business course at LCRN towers. And it was one of those days where it was an honour just to observe others in action.
On the one hand, we had a range of interested parties, some with clear ideas of the sort of recycling and reuse business they wanted to start, some, a cohort of apprentices we are working with from delivery partners ACE, totally fresh to the wonders of waste and recycling.
It has been a long time coming but, at last, government is to force supermarkets to charge for plastic carrier bags.
What I don’t understand is why we have to wait until after the next election but obviously the Tories do not want anything which the electorate might see as unfavourable harming their chances of being re-elected.
But in mitigation, Mr Cameron, I want to assure you that Tesco and Sainsbury’s are the real culprits. They were the stores which taught me to shop in a supermarket and gave me the carrier bags so I could carry the goods I bought home.
The high recycling rates of the Scandinavian countries is hardly breaking news, with Denmark having surpassed the 40% barrier for a decade or more. But having recently returned from a couple of weeks on the Danish island of Sjælland, I was struck by how this has been achieved with a surprisingly low key recycling infrastructure.
So, the draft waste prevention plan has been greeted with disappointment. We can either sit there and complain or we could just get on and write our own!
So come everyone, what do you want to see in there? Here are a few ideas to start you out:
I’ve just returned from workshop run by the People’s Design Lab (http://www.thepeoplesdesignlab.org.uk/) where we’ve been considering one of perhaps the most cynically produced paraphernalia of modern day living - the bubblejet printer.
Waste industry bodies have rubbished Defra’s draft waste prevention plan calling it predictable and underwhelming and a plan that is not a plan.
LCRN’s waste expert Mike Webster insisted the published document was not a plan.
“There are no apparent aims and those objectives laid out have no measurable parts,” he stressed. “It appears more as an essay on waste prevention, considering those actions already take, a few of the bodies involved and suggesting a few vague courses of action.”
At LCRN, we have are concerned that the draft Waste Prevention Plan, as published on August 5th, may be a missed opportunity.
The published document is not a plan. There are no apparent aims and those objectives laid out have no measurable parts. It appears more as an essay on waste prevention, considering those actions already take, a few of the bodies involved and suggesting a few vague courses of action.
We do not believe that the setting by Government of a “vision to encourage action by others”, will achieve any real change on the ground.
LCRN works with a number of local authorities, private businesses and government agencies. In order to leverage our members expertise and spread the benefit of the income this work provides, we are changing our structure.
We will have a small core team who will work with, you, our members, to deliver contracts or funding bids
If you are interested in working with us in this way, please fill in the attached document to register your area of expertise and send it back to us.
The London Community Resource Network (LCRN) wants to improve and develop the type of membership services it offers.
For that reason Pat Fitzsimons, the new chief executive office of LCRN, has commissioned a survey to show where the current supporters feel the organisation should be directing its energies.
Please help by filling out this survey (click the link below). It will take only a few minutes. This will help to give LCRN more information about what you and your organisation thinks of its current membership services and where it should be going in the future.