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Meeting of the Executive held on 11/07/2006
WASTE MANAGEMENT SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP (SIG)
26TH JUNE 2006



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WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL
WASTE MANAGEMENT SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP (SIG)
26TH JUNE 2006
REPORT TO THE MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE – 11TH JULY 2006

A. UPDATE ON THE ROLL OUT OT THE ALTERNATE WEEKLY COLLECTION SYSTEM IN WAVERLEY

A.1 The SIG received a verbal report giving an update on the roll out of the Alternate Weekly Collection (AWC) system. Officers said that the new collection had begun for a third of Waverley residents since April, and the second phase for another third, was due to start on 30th June.

A.2 Refinements had been made from the experience gained from Phase 1 to improve the roll out for residents in Phase 2 including the delivery of calendars and pre- assessment of all routes. Officers also said that flats and communal buildings, where access was shared, would have a specially tailored system and had been written to separately. If they requested it, residents would be offered support from the team, including an audit of bin contents and advice on how to reduce the amount of waste produced. It was reported that only a small number of residents had said they were struggling to cope after this support had been taken up.

A.3 An email had been sent to all Councillors explaining the AWC Phase 2 process, with a timetable, address list and map. Staff in contact with the public had also been given a list of ‘frequently asked questions’. The crews in Phase 2 were currently undergoing training in areas such as clarification of action to be taken when bin lids were left up because they were full, and use of sticker ‘warnings’ on bins. It was agreed that a briefing pack should be circulated to SIG members.

A.4 The recycling vehicle fleet was discussed and officers said that because the volume of plastics being collected were filling vehicles more quickly. Veolia would be using additional vehicles until the new vehicles with crushing devices arrived in the next few weeks.

A.5 Members then discussed recycling of plastics and underlined the importance of ensuring the message about what could be recycled was clear i.e. to include plastic bottles only to avoid contamination with other plastics. Officers said that the picture leaflet circulated was clear and that although they wanted to encourage those who wished to recycle more, they needed to be clear from the beginning to avoid contamination and confusion.

A.6 Options for potential modifications to the scheme in the future were discussed. Two items were raised a) upsizing of bins for those who had previously opted to have the smaller 140L bins and b) provision of a second bin for householders of five or more members – financial options were presented for charging the customer at various rates. Members agreed that although changes might be possible in future, the object was to encourage residents to reduce the amount of waste, therefore any potential changes should be reviewed in six months after roll out.

A.7 Members discussed the possibility of encouraging more householders with nappy aged children to use reusable nappies. Although some information was available on request and on the Council website, officers were asked to look at options for further incentivising use such as a discount voucher, a starter pack and promoting nappy collection services, looking at Surrey County Council’s current schemes.

Members
Mr M W Band
Mrs M V M Hunt
Mrs D M James
Mr J C S Mackie
Mr A Rayner
Mr K T Reed
Mr J R Sandy

The following officers were present:

Mr M Shorten Mrs G Dally






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