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Meeting of the Executive held on 12/07/2005
Findings of the Waste Management Special Interest Group : Review of Existing Refuse Collection and Recycling Service - Observations of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee



Summary & Purpose
This report sets out the observations of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee which met on 4th July to discuss the conclusions of the Waste Management Special Interest Group (SIG). The SIG has examined options for achieving at least the county-wide agreed target of 36% recycling in Waverley and proposed the introduction of an alternate weekly collection service. Executive members are asked to bring with them to the meeting the papers circulated to all Members of the Council for the Special ELOS meeting on 4th July.

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APPENDIX D
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL
EXECUTIVE – 12TH JULY 2005

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Title:

FINDINGS OF THE Waste Management Special Interest Group –
Review of Existing Refuse Collection and Recycling Service -
OBSERVATIONS OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND LEISURE
OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE
[Wards Affected: All]
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Summary and purpose:

This report sets out the observations of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee which met on 4th July to discuss the conclusions of the Waste Management Special Interest Group (SIG). The SIG has examined options for achieving at least the county-wide agreed target of 36% recycling in Waverley and proposed the introduction of an alternate weekly collection service. Executive members are asked to bring with them to the meeting the papers circulated to all Members of the Council for the Special ELOS meeting on 4th July.

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Quality of life implications – social, environmental & economic (sustainable development):

The opportunity to increase further, rates of recycling, and reduce further the level of waste arisings, will bring about significant and quantifiable benefits to the environment in Waverley and beyond. Steps taken now to reduce total dependency on landfill, and the quantity of biodegradable being sent to landfill in particular will decrease further the amount of resulting leachate and methane production for decades into the future.

Options to divert thousands of additional tonnes of waste for recycling has positive benefits to the local economy, and will directly reduce the use of natural resources in the ultimate production of recycled goods.

E-Government implications:

There are no direct e-government implications associated with the proposals contained in this report.

Resource and legal implications

The resource implications associated with the proposals contained in this report are contained at Annexe 1 with an (Exempt) Annexe (containing Table 1-5 and a summary) of the reports which were previously circulated to all Members of the Council. A brief description of the main legal provisions that enable Waverley to make important changes to its refuse collection and recycling service are contained in Annexe 2 of the report previously circulated. Executive Members should bring these reports with them to the meeting.

In addition to the financial position set out in the (Exempt) tables, there may be further costs/savings arising from the actions included in the recommendations to this report, in particular 1c, 1f, 1g and 1h. These figures will be reported back to Members and, subject to approval, will be considered as part of the budget setting process alongside the other budget proposals.

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Introduction

1. The Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 4th July considered the conclusions of the Waste Management SIG, which had been examining options for achieving at least the county-wide agreed target of 36% recycling in Waverley. The SIG had recommended that its favoured option - an alternate weekly service for recyclables and for residual waste, together with kerbside recycling of glass, paper and cans in existing containers and plastic in an additional container - be adopted. The SIG also recommended a subscription garden waste collection service, with concessions.

2. Oral presentations were heard from Cllr Tony Moore of Mole Valley DC, Cllr Victor Scrivens, Chair of the Waste Management SIG and from Peter Maudsley and Graeme Clark, officers of Waverley Borough Council. The key issues raised by the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee are set out below.

Comments from the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee

3. After a full discussion, the Committee agreed the importance of seeking to achieve, and if possible, exceed, the county-wide target of 36% recycling. A number of issues were covered. The Committee discussed the practicalities of an alternate weekly collection scheme, including the need to make the system as straightforward as possible, by ensuring that the alternate collections were on the same day of the week and giving clear information to householders.

4. Members were reminded that Waverley residents would be starting from a strong position as they were already used to a multi-material kerbside recycling system. The Committee noted the importance of seeking to reduce the amount of waste used wherever possible, in the first instance. Members also acknowledged that effective communication and education would be key to the success of the scheme, by explaining clearly why it was being introduced and responding to any issues raised.

5. The Committee also felt it was important that consideration be given to those who might need extra support – for example the elderly and people with disabilities, larger households and those with long drives. It was also agreed that the provision of a trolley stacking system for recyclables containers be explored further.

6. The Committee agreed that a subscription garden waste service should be introduced and discussed how the service might work in practice. Members felt that two issues in particular needed further examination. These issues were whether the size of the bag for collecting garden waste would be adequate and whether the scheme should be subsidised or self-funding. The Committee also felt that home composting needed to be promoted strongly as part of the scheme.

7. The Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee is pleased to endorse the SIG’s proposals, with the amendments included below, and to commend these to the Executive.

Recommendation

The Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee commends to the Executive that:-

1. the Director of Environment and Leisure, after consultation with the Director of Finance and Head of Legal Services (or representative), be authorised to enter into a contract with Onyx Environmental Services at tendered or negotiated rates for the supply of a waste collection and recycling service as described in the conclusions to this report, the main features of which are:-

a) an alternate weekly service for recyclables and for residual waste;

2. the Waste Management Special Interest Group, having completed its task, be reappointed with new terms of reference, viz. to oversee the implementation of the new refuse collection/recycling contract; and

3. the necessary financial provision as detailed in the report be incorporated in the Council’s budget as appropriate in order to enable the new system for refuse and recycling to be implemented.

[N.B. A paper ‘Garden Waste Issues - Additional information and Guidance’ is attached as an Annexe to this report - for information].

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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 OFFICERS:

Peter Maudsley Telephone: 01483 523398

E-mail: pmaudsley@waverley.gov.uk

Martin Shorten Telephone: 01483 523434

E-mail: mshorten@waverley.gov.uk

Graeme Clark Telephone: 01483 523236

E-mail: grclark@waverley.gov.uk

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