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APPENDIX K - PROPOSALS FOR REPOSITIONING THE WASTE MANAGEMENT SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP



Summary & Purpose
The purpose of this report is to advise Members about the possible wider role of the Waste Management Special Interest Group in relation to climate change considerations.

APPENDIX K
Waverley Borough Council

EXECUTIVE - 6TH FEBRUARY 2007

Title:
PROPOSALS FOR REPOSITIONING THE WASTE MANAGEMENT SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP
[Wards Affected: All]

Summary and purpose:

The purpose of this report is to advise Members about the possible wider role of the Waste Management Special Interest Group in relation to climate change considerations.

Environmental implications:

The potential environmental implications of climate change are of global proportions: in relation to waste management they are also huge because waste management is perhaps the most polluting municipal activity. Amongst those components of the waste stream that are significantly polluting is the component of biodegradable municipal waste. This report proposes a new and expanded role for the Members’ Waste Management Special Interest Group.

Social / community implications:

The environment industry in general, and waste management in particular, is a significant local employer and the proposals contained in this report could have beneficial local employment consequences.

E-Government implications:

There are no direct E-government consequences of this report, although improved partnership working which is recommended in this report will need enhanced levels of electronic collaboration.

Resource and legal implications:

There are significant resource implications in respect of climate change recently outlined in the Stern Report.

Proposals to reform the current Waste Special Interest Group

1. The current Waste Management Special Interest Group was formed, in the first instance, to consider and propose policies in relation to the now current system of waste management in Waverley and, more recently, to oversee the process of the implementation of the alternate weekly collection system which was rolled out across the borough during the period April-September 2006. That roll-out is now complete and except for the need to deal with some residual problems, the current work of the SIG seems to be reaching its conclusion.

2. There is a wider view that needs to be taken about not only waste management but also environmental matters generally, and especially concerns related to climate change on a corporate, strategic and democratic level within the Council. No such mechanism currently occurs to give climate change matters the detailed consideration that is available to a Special Interest Group and it is felt that the time is appropriate to address this issue. It is therefore proposed that the current Waste Management Special Interest Group is reappointed by the Executive as a Climate Change Special Interest Group with new terms of reference, namely:

1. To consider and make proposals concerning how matters relating to climate change should be addressed by Waverley.
2. To advise the Portfolio Holder about areas of activity which the Special Interest Group would wish to consider in addition to waste management whilst at the same time, keeping itself informed of the progress of the new waste management system at Waverley and of its environmental and climate change consequences.
3. To acquire information concerning climate change in general and specifically how local authorities can act to ameliorate effects of climate change and to make recommendations concerning this to the Executive.
4. To consider the whole range of the Council’s activities in relation to climate change and to recommend to the Executive appropriate actions, policies and strategies for dealing with the climate change issue.
5. To overview the Council’s Climate Change Action Plan.

Conclusion

3. It is felt timely and appropriate to extend the current remit of the Waste Management Special Interest Group to include considerations relating to climate change for the reasons described in this report.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the Executive re-appoints the Waste Management Special Interest Group as a Climate Change Special Interest Group, with terms of reference as set out in this report.

Background Papers (DoEL)

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

CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Peter Maudsley Telephone: 01483 523418 Comms/exec/2006-07/267