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No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Apologies were received from Councillors Doolan, Gallagher and Perry-Clarke.


Declarations of Substitute Members


There were no declarations of substitute members..


Declarations of Interest

If you have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest* in an item of business:

§  if it is not yet on the council’s register, you must declare both the existence and details of it at the start of the meeting or when it becomes apparent;

§  you may choose to declare a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest that is already in the register in the interests of openness and transparency. 

In both the above cases, you must leave the room without participating in discussion of the item.


If you have a personal interest in an item of business and you intend to speak or vote on the item you must declare both the existence and details of it at the start of the meeting or when it becomes apparent but you may participate in the discussion and vote on the item.


*(a)     Employment, etc - Any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for profit or gain.

(b) Sponsorship - Any payment or other financial benefit in respect of your expenses in carrying out duties as a member, or of your election; including from a trade union.

(c) Contracts - Any current contract for goods, services or works, between you or your partner (or a body in which one of you has a beneficial interest) and the council.

(d) Land - Any beneficial interest in land which is within the council’s area.

(e) Licences- Any licence to occupy land in the council’s area for a month or longer.

(f) Corporate tenancies - Any tenancy between the council and a body in which you or your partner have a beneficial interest.

 (g) Securities - Any beneficial interest in securities of a body which has a place of business or land in the council’s area, if the total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body or of any one class of its issued share capital. 


This applies to all members present at the meeting.



There were no declarations of interest.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 78 KB


The Chair advised Committee that minutes of the previous meeting held on 26 February 2018 will be considered at the next meeting.



Public Questions

For members of the public to ask questions relating to any subject on the meeting agenda under Procedure Rule 70.5. Alternatively, the Chair may opt to accept questions from the public during the discussion on each agenda item.




Chair's Report




Draft Recommendations -Household Recycling Scrutiny


The Chair informed Members that the purpose of the meeting was to consider draft recommendations and welcomed contributions and suggestions. The following issues were highlighted: -


·         The Chair informed the meeting that the document tabled was a hybrid document with draft recommendations in bold under were details which would be incorporated into the final report.


·         The Chair also welcomed the opportunity for the review especially as it fits into what is happening in the Council, in terms of service delivery and cross service working and early intervention to stop problems occurring in the first place. The review also feeds into the Council core priorities on cost of living, improving the environment and housing etc.


·         The Chair acknowledged that placing recycling, waste reduction and reuse at the centre of community engagement would be a positive benefit to that community.  


·         With regards to the recommendation about extending the provision of sacks through the council’s online facility, Members agreed that this only be considered when the infrastructure had been properly embedded. Members agreed that the libraries and community centres still remain the main places for collection of bags.


·         A suggestion to avoid using acronyms (RSL's) and technical terms (waste minimisation teams) in the report to avoid ambiguity was noted.


·         On the issue of food waste collection and contamination a suggestion that the recommendation be given more prominence and be reflected in a positive way was noted, especially as the committee recognised this to be a common concern during the review.


·         Also a request to include timescales to the recommendations was noted as Members would be able to monitor its delivery in the future.


·         A suggestion that consultations amongst disabled and hard to reach groups people should be encouraged.


·         With regards to the recommendation about caretakers being encouraged to undertake additional duties and its impact on their daily tasks, Members agreed that evidence clearly indicates that on the issue of contamination especially on estates, there was a recognition that human intervention was required. Members acknowledged that during site visits to certain estates it was noticeable that some caretakers were proactive around recycling.


·         On the recommendation regarding further engagement with young people, a suggestion to include colleges, sixth form colleges and universities was noted. In response the Street Scene Manager informed members that this was welcome, however he thought it was important that an audit of recycling facilities in schools be undertaken as the priority especially as the Council was now charging for waste collection.


·         On the issue of financial incentives as a way of engaging residents, Members suggested that this could be done by providing garden compost or supporting community events rather than individual rewards.  Discounts on council tax or rent to residents as a way of encouraging recycling was discussed.

·         The Executive Member for Economic Development observed that the draft recommendations appeared more of a management action plan rather than a series of strategic responses. It should be at the core of all departments.


·         The Executive Member indicated that contamination was a key  ...  view the full minutes text for item 199.


Work Programme 2017/2018 pdf icon PDF 41 KB



That the report be noted