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Outcome of the Waste Strategy Review Consultation Process

Meeting: 10/12/2019 - Environment Overview & Scrutiny Committee - Expired 13/07/20 (Item 47)

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(a)       That the responses to the public consultation exercise on the Council’s Waste Strategy be noted; and


(b)       That Cabinet be recommended to approve the changes to the recycling and waste collection service detailed in the report.


Councillor Carolyn Thomas introduced a report to seek a recommendation to Cabinet to approve changes to the recycling and waste collection service following public consultation.  She thanked residents for working with the Council to maintain strong recycling performance currently ranked the third best in Wales.


The Regulatory Services Manager explained that the recommendations took account of over 8,000 consultation responses, reflected changes to the national strategy and sought further improvement on recycling performance to meet future targets.  Whilst a change in black bin collection frequency was not currently supported, 32% of residents had indicated that they were unsure whether they could manage in the event of such a change.  It was recommended that this option be reviewed again in 12 months’ time to understand the impact of changes by Welsh Government (WG) to the national strategy.  The proposal for increased enforcement had been widely supported, with some residents recognising the need for accountability.


The Chief Officer (Streetscene & Transportation) said that the proposals aimed to achieve a positive impact through changes in behaviour.  In recognising concerns about increased enforcement, the three-stage approach allowed for informing and educating in the first instance with formal action taken for continued non-compliance.  Current statistics demonstrated the effectiveness of the process in helping residents to understand and follow the system.  Other proposed changes were a programme of education for residents, a trial of Absorbent Hygiene Product (AHP) collections funded by WG, a round review of the routing of waste collection rounds and the separation of cardboard and paper recycling to generate additional income.


Councillor Carolyn Thomas said that residents should be encouraged to recycle more food waste and that she was able to visit schools and communities to raise awareness of the proposed changes.  She also advised of a national campaign to increase education on recycling.


Whilst in favour of increased enforcement for those consistently failing to recycle, Councillor Peers said that consideration must be given to any contributing factors, for example age or health issues.  He asked if there was sufficient capacity within waste collection crews to maintain the monitoring list for recycling which should be evidence-based.  The Regulatory Services Manager said that there should be no impact on the crews and that residents’ names were removed from the monitoring list where enforcement was no longer required.  Vulnerable residents experiencing problems with recycling were identified and a process was in place to target appropriate support.  In response to further questions, it was clarified that AHP collections would mirror the current medical waste collections involving a separate bag.  The separation of paper and cardboard was an operational change also reflected through consultation feedback and would be introduced in stages.


Councillor Hardcastle raised concerns that some older or vulnerable residents were uncertain about how to recycle and may worry about the prospect of enforcement.  He spoke in support of the proposals but raised concerns about the potential for recycling to be mistakenly placed in a neighbour’s black bin.


The Chief Officer reminded Members of the outcomes  ...  view the full minutes text for item 47