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Meeting of the Executive held on 01/04/2003
ENHANCED RECYCLING SERVICE



The Waste Management Special Interest Group which met on 3rd March 2003, received a report detailing a number of implementation issues concerning the introduction of the enhanced recycling service.

The SIG considered information relating to Round 2 of the enhanced recycling service that commenced on 20th January 2003.

Waverley has been provisionally awarded 63,844 by the SITA Environmental Trust that will enable attitudinal and logistical research to be carried out by the University of Surrey into the existing and projected recycling programme.

The SIG also received an update regarding progress being made towards the adoption of a Surrey-wide Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy, and a representative from GEM also gave an update to the SIG regarding the progress of the Waste Awareness Campaign.
APPENDIX D

WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

WASTE MANAGEMENT SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP – 3RD MARCH 2003

REPORT TO THE MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE – 1ST APRIL 2003

Title:
ENHANCED RECYCLING SERVICE
[Wards Affected: All]

Summary and Purpose

The Waste Management Special Interest Group which met on 3rd March 2003, received a report detailing a number of implementation issues concerning the introduction of the enhanced recycling service.

The SIG considered information relating to Round 2 of the enhanced recycling service that commenced on 20th January 2003.

Waverley has been provisionally awarded 63,844 by the SITA Environmental Trust that will enable attitudinal and logistical research to be carried out by the University of Surrey into the existing and projected recycling programme.

The SIG also received an update regarding progress being made towards the adoption of a Surrey-wide Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy, and a representative from GEM also gave an update to the SIG regarding the progress of the Waste Awareness Campaign.

Introduction and Background

1. As Members are aware, the second round of the enhanced recycling service commenced on 20th January 2003. A further 6,300 residential properties have now therefore been added to the 9,000 in Round 1 of the enhanced service that comprises a weekly collection of paper, glass and cans. Preparations involved the delivery of pre-publicity material, lidded boxes to each household, and baskets to those that requested one.

2. The SIG received a graph showing the quantity of material collected from the areas of the two enhanced rounds, attached at Annexe 1.

3. The meeting was also updated about the progress being made in negotiations with the Council’s contractor about the implementation of future phases of this service. Members have been informed of the progress of these negotiations including the fact that the proposed start date of 7th April for the remainder of the urban rounds is now likely to be later this summer.

Mixed Glass

4. The option of collecting mixed glass, without the need for Arkeco staff to sort it at the kerbside into its green, brown and clear components, is being researched as a way of improving the efficiency of the collection operation. Surrey Waste Management Limited (SWM), as contractor for Surrey County Council, is responsible for the operation of the Slyfield Green Waste Transfer Station. SWM has agreed in principle to accept mixed glass for recycling, and has further advised that they are in the process of arranging the installation of a suitable bulking-bay for this purpose. However, no date has yet been given as to when this will be completed, and no details have been given as to the change in the value to Waverley of mixed glass per tonne it delivers, compared with separated glass. It is hoped this information will be available shortly to determine whether this would be a viable action for the Council to take.

5. It is also expected that the collection of mixed glass would enable Arkeco to improve the cost effectiveness of the service. However, no detailed analysis of the impact of this has yet been made available by the company.

Waste Awareness Campaign

6. The SIG received an update from a representative of the GEM group regarding the Waste Awareness Campaign. Since the last meeting of the SIG, GEM had progressed to the feedback stage of the campaign, and had begun asking recipients of the enhanced recycling service to complete a detailed questionnaire. First impressions of the results were positive, and the SIG is due to receive more detailed analysis of the results at its next meeting. The Waverley Womble had also made appearances in all the main centres of the Borough, and the educational trailer was due to be launched in the very near future.

Joint Municipal Waste Strategy

7. Members were informed about progress being made regarding the adoption of a Surrey-wide Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy. One Member from each authority in Surrey attended the group, with full officer support, and although it was still a project in its early stages, a draft format for the strategy had been completed.

Surrey County Council’s CPA in relation to Waste Management

8. At the previous meeting of the SIG Members requested research into the results of Surrey County Council’s CPA assessment in relation to waste management. Overall, SCC was rated good in the way it provides its services for local people, and in relation to Environmental Services, scored 2 out of a maximum 4.

Resources

9. An opportunity to bid for a final grant from the Surrey Environment Trust, for landfill tax credit funding, was reported at the previous meeting of the SIG.

10. Approximately a quarter of the available one million pounds to finance waste and recycling projects in 2003/04 had not been allocated, and it was therefore agreed that a further bid would be made by the closing date of 31st January 2004. This was for research to be undertaken on Waverley’s behalf by the University of Surrey into the attitudinal factors influencing local residents’ recycling behaviour, and further logistical improvements that could be made to the service. This additional research would become an integrated part of the already planned two waste analyses (at the end of the financial year and in the next financial year respectively), together with the findings of the face-to-face research currently being undertaken as part of the Waste Awareness Campaign.

11. The bid was for an additional 63,844 and has been provisionally approved, although this is still subject to endorsement by the SITA Board.

Recommendation

It is recommended that:-

1. the information set out in paragraphs 1-11 above be received and noted; and

2. the revised timetable for the start of the remainder of the urban rounds of late this June be endorsed.

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 OFFICER:

Name: Mr P Maudsley Telephone: 01483 523398
Email: pmaudsley@waverley.gov.uk

Name: Mr M Shorten Telephone: 01483 523434
Email: mshorten@waverley.gov.uk

comms/executive/2002/03/595