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Meeting of the Executive held on 01/04/2003
Grant – Funded Recycling Evaluation Project – UPDATE TO AGENDA ITEM 10, APPENDIX D – WASTE MANAGEMENT SIG



Provisional information has been received that an application to the SITA Environmental Trust towards the cost of evaluating kerbside recycling in Waverley has been successful. This will enable integrated research into the attitudinal influences on local residents’ recycling behaviour, together with important logistical research into the recycling service to be undertaken.

The joint application was supported with technical input from the University of Surrey, and it is therefore recommended that they be appointed for the purpose of undertaking this grant-aided work on behalf of the Council.

The bid was for an additional 62,375 and has been provisionally approved, although this is still subject to endorsement by the SITA Board. There are environmental implications associated with this report.
APPENDIX D.2

WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL
EXECUTIVE - 1ST APRIL 2003

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Title:
Grant – Funded Recycling Evaluation Project – UPDATE TO
AGENDA ITEM 10, APPENDIX D – WASTE MANAGEMENT SIG

[Wards Affected: N/a]
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Summary and Purpose

Provisional information has been received that an application to the SITA Environmental Trust towards the cost of evaluating kerbside recycling in Waverley has been successful. This will enable integrated research into the attitudinal influences on local residents’ recycling behaviour, together with important logistical research into the recycling service to be undertaken.

The joint application was supported with technical input from the University of Surrey, and it is therefore recommended that they be appointed for the purpose of undertaking this grant-aided work on behalf of the Council.

The bid was for an additional 62,375 and has been provisionally approved, although this is still subject to endorsement by the SITA Board. There are environmental implications associated with this report.
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Introduction and Background

1. It is evident that there is a need to investigate why residents of Waverley either do or do not take part in the Council’s existing or enhanced recycling schemes and to gather information about what they are likely to recycle. This information together with logistical modelling available to the University of Surrey would put Waverley in a better position to plan future service developments, and would enable promotional messages to be better targeted in order to increase the rate of recycling in Waverley.

2. An unexpected opportunity to bid for final remaining funding from the Surrey Environment Trust, for landfill tax credit funding, arose in January this year, and was reported at a meeting of the Waste Management SIG. An application was made to undertake work rigorously to investigate these issues. Approximately a quarter of the available one million pounds to finance waste and recycling projects in 2003/04 had not been allocated. The closing date for bids was 31st January.

3. Preparatory work for the bid followed detailed discussions and technical input by the University of Surrey, without which the application would not have succeeded. It is therefore recommended that the University (trading as Industrial Ecology Solutions Ltd) be appointed for the purpose of undertaking this work. This necessitates an exception to the Council’s Contract Procedure Rules because of the specialist nature of the research and the fact that the bid was worked up jointly with the University.

4. The additional research would become an integrated part of the ongoing waste analyses (at the end of the current financial year and in the next financial year respectively), together with the findings from the face-to-face research currently being undertaken as part of the Waste Awareness Campaign. These pieces of work are also being grant-aided by DEFRA.

Aims of the Project

5. The overall aim of the project is to undertake an evaluation of the Waverley kerbside recycling scheme and how it could be further enhanced. It is expected that the study will be used to plan improvements to the scheme to enhance recycling rates, to increase the number of households participating, and increase the amount and type of waste recycled. In particular the study will identify:

(i) What is the profile of recyclables and how these are linked to location and householder actions,

(ii) what impact the recycling scheme is having on the municipal waste stream and its profile,

(iii) whether there is an historic reservoir of recycling material appearing in the early collection phases of the scheme and what the future yields could be,

(iv) whether there are urban/rural differences in the propensity, type and amount of kerbside recycling activity,

(v) whether logistical modelling can improve scheduling/resorting

(vi) whether there is a seasonal influence on the amount and type of waste recycled,

(vii) how the kerbside collection operation might be optimised and also take account of the recyclables market requirements,

(viii) public attitudes to past, current and future recycling behaviour,

(xi) what social and community factors may encourage increased recycling,

(x) what opportunities exist for future community initiatives,

(xi) public attitudes to waste minimisation policies on domestic waste collection.

Findings and Evaluation

6. The findings of this research project are expected to be available later in 2003. These will be reported to the Waste Management Special Interest Group in the first instance, and it is proposed that the findings also be made available to the Environment Overview & Scrutiny Committee and the Executive thereafter. However, emerging data will be of use before that time if it can be used to inform or revise either the delivery of the on-going Waste Awareness Campaign or the way in which the kerbside recycling service or the bring-sites are operated. The longer-term value of the findings will be to inform future policy and decision-making in respect of the management and publicity of the kerbside recycling scheme and to generate options to further increase recycling in order to meet the 2005/06 best value target of 36%.

Environmental and Resource Implications

7. The total cost of the new research work to be undertaken in the course of this project will be 62,375. It is a prerequisite of landfill-tax credit funding that 10% of this figure be provided by the applicant. The financial implication for this Council is an additional 6,237. This will be met from within the 2003/04 approved revenue budget for recycling.

8. This grant offer of 62,375 is subject to confirmation by the SITA Board, and any agreement with the University of Surrey to undertake this project work will therefore be subject to those confirmations.

9. It is also proposed that approximately half of the work to be undertaken in the course of this proposed integrated project will be funded from the existing approved grant funding by DEFRA for this work. The total value of all of this work amounts to 122,947

10. The project will have considerable potential environmental benefits by helping to increase participation in the Council’s recycling scheme by informing future policy and decision-making.

Recommendation

It is recommended that:

1. subject to receipt of confirmation of grant offer from the SITA Environmental Trust, the University of Surrey, trading as Industrial Ecology Solutions Ltd, be appointed for the purpose of undertaking the integrated research referred to in the report and an exception under Contract Procedure Rules, paragraph Q101(g), be made; and

2. the findings of the report be made available in the first instance to the Waste Management SIG, and subsequently to the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the Executive.

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Background Papers (DoE&L)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.
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CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Martin Shorten Telephone: 01483 523434
E-Mail: mshorten@waverley.gov.uk




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