Decision details

Household Waste - The Way Forward

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Director of Economic Growth and Neighbourhood Services submitted a report setting out a proposed way forward for the Household Waste service, to achieve the strategy of increasing recycling and reducing the cost of waste.  The following documents were attached to the report:


   Appendix 1 Matrix Summary of Five Options

   Appendix 2 re3 Background

   Appendix 3 Resources and Waste Strategy 2018

   Appendix 4 Current Provision

   Appendix 5 Savings and Income background

   Appendix 6 Governance Structure


The report outlined the context of industry changes, in particular government strategy changes, which required significant change in the Council’s approach to household waste.  Appendix 1 to the report set out business cases for five options that had been considered and rated.  The highest rated option was to implement a new food waste collection service, alongside fortnightly residual collections from smaller 140 litre bins.


The report explained that the proposed option was estimated to achieve an 11.5% increase in the recycling rate, from the current rate of 32% to 43.5%, and £107k annual savings.  Further detailed modelling was required to refine the expected final position and commencement of the new service could be planned for as early as October 2020.


The report proposed that a Member Task and Finish cross party working group be set up and it was agreed at the meeting that membership be based on a proportionality of: 6 Labour; 3 Conservative; 1 Green; 1 Liberal Democrat.  The first meeting of the Group had been scheduled for 15 October 2019.


Resolved –


(1)     That a combined new waste service be introduced of alternate weekly collections with 140l residual bins and weekly food waste collection;


(2)     That a Member Task and Finish cross party working group be set up, on a proportionality of: 6 Labour; 3 Conservative; 1 Green; 1 Liberal Democrat, to ensure appropriate engagement throughout the process and to enable clear oversight and input to the pilot phases and roll out programme;


(3)     That Group Leaders make their nominations for membership of the Household Waste Working Group prior to the first meeting of the group on 15 October 2019;


(4)     That regular updates be provided on progress against the action plan, including to HNL Committee in November 2019.

Publication date: 08/11/2019

Date of decision: 26/09/2019

Decided at meeting: 26/09/2019 - Policy Committee

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