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Meeting of the Executive held on 02/08/2004
APPENDIX J - WASTE REDUCTION STRATEGY - PROPOSED CHARGING REVISION FOR GARDEN WASTE



Summary & Purpose
This report proposes a reduced charge of 10p per garden waste sack for Waverley householders in receipt of statutory means tested benefits.

Quality of Life Implications
Natural Resource Use
Pollution Prevention and Control
Biodiversity and Nature
Local Environment
Social Inclusion
Safe Communities
Local Economy
Natural
Resource Use
Pollution
Prevention and Control
Biodiversity
and Nature
Local
Environment
Social
Inclusion
Safe, Healthy
and Active
Communities
Local
Economy
Positive
Positive
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Positive


APPENDIX J
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

EXECUTIVE – 2ND AUGUST 2004
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Title:
WASTE REDUCTION STRATEGY – PROPOSED CHARGING
REVISION FOR GARDEN WASTE
[Wards Affected: All]
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Summary and purpose:

This report proposes a reduced charge of 10p per garden waste sack for Waverley householders in receipt of statutory means tested benefits.
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Quality of life implications – social, environmental & economic (sustainable development):

Natural Resource Use
Pollution Prevention and Control
Biodiversity and Nature
Local Environment
Social Inclusion
Safe, Healthy and Active Communities
Local Economy
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive

Resource and legal implications:

It had previously been estimated that the introduction of a chargeable green waste collection scheme at a charge of 60p per sack would generate in the region of 20,000 of income in a full year. The sale of a proportion of green waste sacks at 10p per sack to those in receipt of statutory income related benefits will reduce the overall income, the effects of which will be monitored and reported on subsequently.

The current legislation enabling Waverley as a Waste Collection Authority to charge for specified categories of waste, including garden waste, and to restrict the amount it collects from households was contained in a report to the Executive on 6th April 2004.
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Background

1. The Council has approved a two stage chargeable system for all garden waste:

i. From September 2004 all garden waste not contained in a wheeled bin will only be collected if contained in a sack for which a charge has been made
ii. From July 2005 a charge will be made for the collection of all garden waste. From that stage no garden waste will be collected unless it is contained in a sack (or other specified container) for which a charge has been made.

The Charging Policy

2. The charging policy approved by the Council is that overprinted plastic sacks for garden waste be made available through the locality offices at a cost of 60p per sack. In agreeing this policy Members considered charges introduced in other Surrey Authorities and noted that this was the second-lowest charge. It was also considered that further proposals for type/design/materials for alternatives to sacks be made to the Executive before July 2005 as well as alternatives for charging.

The Need for a Charging Revision

3. In accepting the Council’s policy, Members were aware that the key driver was the need to reduce the amount of green waste going into landfill. Not only is it a requirement of the EU Landfill Directive to reduce the waste going to landfill by 55% by 2015, but also to care for the environment. Landfilling green waste has huge environmental disbenefits, causing the production of methane, the most polluting of the greenhouse gasses. Charging has been demonstrated to be a positive disincentive to the wholesale presentation of green waste for collection, and for the encouragement of other environmentally acceptable forms of dealing with green waste, such as composting.

4. One of the Council’s agreed key objectives is to minimise waste and this remains unchallenged. The issue though, is one of affordability for the most financially challenged of our community. For those on statutory means tested benefits, a discounted rate of sale for the garden sacks is, therefore, considered necessary.

Conclusion

5. It is considered necessary to introduce a discounted rate of 10p per sack for those residents of the Borough who are in receipt of statutory means-tested benefits. Such reduced charge sacks would be sold for use by that resident only. The effects and take-up of this discounted scheme will be reported to the Executive prior to July 2005 at the same time as proposals are made for alternative designs/materials. It is also proposed that the number of sacks issued at discounted rates be limited to 52 per household in any one year.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the Executive:

1. agrees that garden waste sacks be made available for 10p each for the exclusive use of householders in receipt of statutory means-tested benefits, limited to 52 sacks per year; and 2. the effects and take-up of this reduced charge service be monitored and reported to the Executive prior to July 2005.

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.

CONTACT OFFICERS:

Name: Peter Maudsley Telephone: 01483 523418

E-mail: pmaudsley@waverley.gov.uk

Name: Martin Shorten Telephone: 01483 523434

E-mail: mshorten@waverley.gov.uk

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