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Meeting of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 14/03/2006

Summary & Purpose
The purpose of this report is to update Members about the process of developing a Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy for Surrey.

Waverley Borough Council

14TH MARCH 2006
[Wards Affected: ALL]
Summary and purpose:

The purpose of this report is to update Members about the process of developing a Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy for Surrey.


Environmental implications:

There are considerable environmental implications in respect of the proposed policies and actions for dealing with municipal waste in Surrey. Current waste disposal via landfill is amongst the most polluting of our municipal activities. Increasing the rates of reuse and recycling have positive long-term environmental consequences. Some methods of residual waste disposal have real or apparent environmental disbenefits.

Social / community implications:

Some methods of residual waste disposal have real or apparent health consequences which need to be carefully considered. The waste management industry is a significant local employer.

E-Government implications:

There are no immediate e.government implications associated with this report.

Resource and legal implications:

There are considerable opportunities for partnership working outlined in this report. Most important, however, is the need to decouple the term waste management from the common parlance meaning of waste: into the future waste must be regarded as a resource.


The Portfolio Holder for the Environment and the Director of Environment and Leisure Department have been appointed to represent Waverley in the production of a Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy in collaboration with other authorities, including Surrey County Council, in Surrey. This work has involved a considerable time commitment, and both Waverley representatives have been much involved. The Portfolio Holder has sat on a Members Strategy Group. The Director has chaired meetings of the officer group. The process of information gathering has included visits and tours, talks and presentations and much discussion. The process of deduction has been facilitated by Entec, a well known firm of environmental consultants, whose costs have been defrayed by Defra. And the process of drawing out these agreed policies and actions has been facilitated by Dialogue by Design and was finally completed on the 3rd March. These will form the backbone of the strategy which, if approved by the SLGA, will enter a period of public consultation for a period of 6 weeks from the 22nd May 2006. After this, the Waste Management Strategy, the compilation of which is now a statutory duty, will be submitted to Defra for approval.

This report, which outlines in headline form only the proposed policies and actions, is submitted to Members for their consideration, as an update of work in progress on a county-wide basis but also on behalf of Waverley.


Waste Awareness

We will work in partnership to develop and deliver a co-ordinated waste education and awareness programme, which focuses on all aspects of sustainable waste management, in line with the priorities of the waste hierarchy.

We recognise waste minimisation as the first stage of the waste hierarchy and will emphasise the need to reduce waste at source both domestically and commercially.
We will work towards promoting our waste related activities under an overarching message/logo, and participate in relevant national campaigns.
We will encourage all schools to educate children in waste minimisation, collection and treatment issues and help them deliver co-ordinated education campaigns.
We will demonstrate our commitment to resources management by our corporate actions and procurement processes, in particular the use of sustainable and environmental products and materials. Waste Minimisation


We will vigorously pursue the minimisation of waste to achieve a growth rate below current levels, through common public messages, lobbying retailers and enforcement.

We will aim to achieve an average zero waste growth per head of population by 2010, and seek to de-couple waste growth from economic growth, with total municipal waste arisings growing only in line with increased population.

We will encourage the public to change their purchasing and consuming habits.

We will promote home composting as well as kerbside organic collections.

We will investigate and support options for maximising the reuse and diversion of bulky items from disposal.

We will support and encourage re-use events and centres to enable goods and materials to be reused, repaired and exchanged.

We will strengthen partnerships with community and volunteer groups that support waste minimisation and reuse.
We will monitor waste arisings and composition in order to inform waste minimisation schemes and future targets.

We will coordinate with appropriate authorities to enforce the exclusion of commercial waste from the household waste stream, and champion the principle that “the polluter should pay” in relation to creating and managing waste. At the same time we will support the minimisation and recycling of commercial waste.

Waste Recycling and Composting

We will commit significant efforts and resources to achieve and exceed household recycling and composting targets of 40% by the year 2010 and 50% by 2015, and aspire to reach a long term target of 60% recycling by 2025.


We will develop collection systems to achieve or exceed recycling and composting rates of 40% by the year 2010 and 45% by 2015, regardless of any lower national targets.
The Waste Disposal Authority will improve the Civic Amenity Site network, with the aim to achieve or exceed diversion rates of 60% by the year 2015.

We will collect a wide range of recyclable materials, consistent with market quality standards, and will seek to maximise the value of collected materials by seeking joint agreements with market outlets.

The Waste Disposal Authority will provide appropriate facilities for sorting or bulking of dry recyclables by the year 2010.

We will develop systems to collect both garden waste and kitchen waste from householders by the year 2010.

The Waste Disposal Authority will provide appropriate facilities for composting organic wastes by the year 2010, and will explore the potential for out-of- county composting as an interim method.

We will investigate by the end of 2007 how to reduce the volume of residual wastes collected from each household through alternate week collections, bin size restrictions or other suitable means.

We will liaise with our partners before introducing or changing kerbside collection systems.

The partners will meet regularly to review progress towards achieving recycling and composting targets.

Residual Waste Treatment and Disposal


We will adhere to the waste hierarchy, with residual waste treatment preferred to landfill. Recovery and disposal facilities will be delivered to ensure compliance with the Landfill Directive. We will restrict the use of landfill to 26% of arisings by the year 2015 and 16% by 2025.


As an interim method until facilities within Surrey are available, the Waste Disposal Authority will explore the potential for securing out-of-county treatment capacity to reduce reliance on landfill and comply with the Landfill Directive.

The Waste Disposal Authority will explore the need for new waste transfer stations to minimise the haulage impacts of transporting municipal waste.

Where there is no reasonable prospect that waste can be recycled or composted, the Waste Disposal Authority will develop new treatment facilities, including those to increase materials recovery and recover energy from waste; some members currently regard energy-from-waste recovery via incineration as a desirable method of treatment, whilst others do not and prefer other technologies such as anaerobic digestion with gas capture.

The Way Forward

We will work in partnership with each other and other stakeholders in order to promote sustainable waste and resources management in Surrey, and support regional policies for net self-sufficiency.


We will identify mechanisms for the implementation and monitoring of the Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy.

We will investigate mechanisms and opportunities for joint working between the authorities.

We will seek partnerships with existing initiatives, and appropriate sectors of the community and waste industry.

We will investigate opportunities to recycle commercial waste collected by the authorities, and to lobby the manufacturing/retail sector and national government.

We will plan for net self-sufficiency for dealing with waste in Surrey, through provision of management capacity equivalent to the amount of municipal waste arisings.

We will seek joint opportunities for external funding to implement the objectives of the Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy, and review financial arrangement among the partners.

We will compile and review an annual report on progress made and obstacles encountered, and publish a plan of action for the year ahead.

The Strategy will be reviewed in the light of any future local government reorganisation.

Overarching Vision

The vision is to provide Surrey with a forward-looking strategy for a more sustainable future in which resources are used and managed efficiently so that by 2026:

The amount of waste produced will be minimised;
The overwhelming majority of materials will be reused, recycled or have value recovered from them; and
The environment will be protected and enhanced for future generations.


The report represents an interim update of work in-hand in relation to the main policies and actions of the Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy.


It is recommended that Members endorse the policy direction and action oriented approach contained in this report.

Background Papers ( )

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



Name: Peter Maudsley Telephone: 01483 523398

E-mail: pmaudsley@waverley.gov.uk