Local authority webinars

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

Watch this space for more information coming soon on the next webinar series planned for Autumn-Winter 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


WEBINAR - Binfrastructure Grant Scheme: Right Bin Right Place

You are invited to a webinar taking place on Thursday 14th January 2021 14:30 GMT. This webinar will cover details of the grant scheme and provide a summary of LA litter strategies, what the grants are for and how local authorities can apply.

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Recycle Now has developed a social media content calendar to help you incorporate social norming into your communications. As you probably now know, the evidence behind using social norms to change recycling behaviours is compelling. We ran a Webinar on Thursday 26 November which showed relevant images, pre-written copy, links to Recycle Now pages, videos and other goodies. 


As it’s nearly Christmas, you might want to post some of our Christmas themed assets to your social media channels.  Join Jackie to see how easy it is to use all the assets ready and waiting to go!

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Free local authority webinar – An introduction to Clear on Plastics and communicating key messages to residents.

We provided a short webinar and Q&A session where you can find out more about our Citizen Engagement Strategy for plastics, hear some of the key citizen insights that we use in the development of the Clear on Plastics campaign, get to view our forthcoming campaign calendar and find out how Clear on Plastics can help you to communicate key messages to your residents. 

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New brand from WRAP

On 16 October 2020, we will be launching a new brand to communicate to citizens that they are the ones who can really make the biggest difference when it comes to making wasting food a thing of the past.

70% of the food that is wasted in the UK is wasted by citizens in their own homes, and although 30% of man-made global CO2e greenhouse gasses are created from the production and consumption of food, some people simply do not see wasting food as an issue – they may not be aware, or they might not care.  The new brand aims to educate and encourage citizens to make a difference and will work alongside Love Food Hate Waste.

We need you, our local authority colleagues, to help communicate key messages and spread the word to motivate your householders for this to happen. In our webinar on 17 September, Rosie Wyatt, Meg Tapp and Lin Armstrong from our Citizen Campaign and PR teams talked about the strategy behind the new brand; how you can get involved; and shared some of the new assets; and our calendar of activities for September 2020 - March 2021.


If you missed the webinar, please contact wfiood@wrap.org.uk with your name and local authority, for access to the slides and recording.  


Together We Recycle - Britain Recycles logo

Join us for just 30 minutes to enable you to find everything you need to run your own local communications easily. Craig Stephens and Jackie Bailey from our Recycle Now team will help you understand the benefits of promoting Recycle Week and of using the assets.
Please help us to make this the best Recycle Week ever!


Our last webinar series which ran from May to July 2020, included the topics of: COVID-19 citizen communications; recycling in HMO’s; materials’ market insights; the new Love Food Hate Waste citizen campaign; and plastic film recycling. You can see the webinar summaries and can watch these again below.

Love Food Hate Waste summer citizen campaign

Monday 20th July 2020

In this webinar WRAP’s Love Food Hate Waste Campaign Team talked through: the new LFHW campaign ‘Keep Crushing It’ (7th August – October 2020) including a preview of the new assets; insights from our latest citizen research conducted during and after lockdown; and our calendar of activities for August 2020 - March 2021, followed by a Q&A session.

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Driving up plastic film recycling in the UK

Plastic Film & Flexible recycling is the number one priority for The UK Plastics Pact. WRAP’s Adam Herriott and Lowelle Bryan discussed: 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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Webinar Q&As


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

Wednesday 8th July

In this webinar Peter Sainsbury (WRAP Lead Economist) talked about the shifts in recovered materials, including plastics, paper and card, textiles, metal and glass price volatility and Debbie Palfrey (WRAP Cymru Materials Marketing & Compliance Advisor) discussed learning from Materials Marketing in Wales and strategies Local Authorities can employ, followed by a Q&A discussion. The recording of the webinar can be found at the below link:

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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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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.

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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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