October 2017

Joining the Debate at LARAC 2017

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A group of delegates from Eunomia’s waste operations and procurement teams were in attendance at this year’s Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) conference, with Senior Consultant Emma Tilbrook appearing as a speaker.

The annual conference, which was held this year at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham over the 11th and 12th of October, provides guests from local authorities and the broader waste and resources community a chance to meet, share knowledge and attend talks and workshops given by industry experts.

This year, one such expert was Eunomia Senior Consultant Emma Tilbrook, who on day one of the conference featured as a panellist in a live debate titled Beyond Austerity – New Ways of Funding Services.  The rest of the panel comprised Simon Bussell, Development Director at Veolia, Duncan Simpson, Director of Sales and Marketing at Valpak and Joshua Burke, Research Fellow at Policy Exchange.

Emma touched on a number of topics, as reported on letsrecycle.com, including how partnership working between local authorities can help to bolster buying power in the market, and how delivering services through Teckal-exempt companies can help authorities achieve better transparency around their service costs. She also spoke about the importance of planning ahead, and how innovation in contractual mechanisms can help accommodate future service change.

Addressing attendees, Emma said:

“It is about understanding that where we are now is not the point where you might want to be in seven or ten years’ time. We need to set contracts that recognise that things are going to have to change.”

On the second day of proceedings, Emma then took part in a breakout session called Speed Dating with Communication Experts, in which she gave attendees one to one advice on ways in which local authorities can increase their recycling yields.

Other attendees from Eunomia included Director Joe Papineschi, Senior Consultant Kate Thompson, Senior Local Government Specialist Neil Greenhalgh and Procurement Consultant George Crone, all of whom had an enjoyable two days of knowledge sharing with other delegates.