Councillor Webbe, Executive
Member for Environment & Transport presented the Q3 Performance
Report which set out the corporate performance indicators related
to Environment and Transport.
In the discussion the following points were made:
Members were advised that the recent
‘Contender’ IT software problems had now been resolved,
however missed waste collections data for the first three quarters
of 2017/18 is now indicating a steadily improved trend.
Quarters 1 to 3 annualised estimated energy cost
savings remains strong and ahead of target, mainly due to
performance on Warm Home Discount and increased EDF contract
The Executive Member for Environment and Transport
reported that performance on major applications remain strong in
Quarter 3 achieving 100%.
Members were advised that there had been a fall in
the number of reported fly-tips across all land types and waste
types from 4,174 in 2015/16 to 3,011 in 2016/17, however due to the
recent contender software problems data from Quarter 1 to 3 was not
available for consideration.
With regards to the possibility of achieving the 50%
target for recycling and composting set by North London Waste
Authority (NLWA), Members were advised that Islington's
contribution to the overall target was 35.6% for the year and at
present the Council’s rate of recycling was between
29-31%. Members were informed that
other outer boroughs such as Barnet which had dwellings with
gardens would be expected to help attain the 50% target due to
their high levels of food and garden waste collections.
Members were advised that in comparison with other
neighbouring boroughs of Camden and Hackney, Islington had similar
levels of recycling rates, however was well above other inner
Members agreed that the Council would need to
consider doing things differently in order to raise the recycling
rates especially as the rate of recycling over the last few years
had remained the same.
The meeting was informed that contamination remains
a continuous challenge for local authorities and there is a
recognition that more needs to be done regarding public awareness.
Members were informed that due to shortfall in funds from central
government over the years, local authorities have not be able to undertake awareness campaign.
Members were informed of NLWA’s awareness
campaign programme to address contamination issues especially as a
recent public survey indicated that residents were not aware that
nappies were not recyclable.
With regards to the amount of missed collections,
the Director of Public Realm informed the meeting that the figure
represents less than 1% of the 500,000 collections over a year and
advised that systems were now in place to address this
In response to a suggestion that more information
about recycling such as disposal costs vis-a -vis cost of not
meeting NLWA's target to residents could raise awareness and
increase participation, the Executive Member Environment and
Transport advised Members that the cost and savings was not east to
ascertain as there were a number of factors to consider such as the
levy paid to the broker, the quality and prices of the items
collected which vary and the disposal cost. Information on the
comparison and cost analysis between boroughs is available for the
Members were however advised that since the
acquisition of the new fleet of Refuse Collection
Vehicles(RCV’s), the Council regularly displays messages on
the sides of these vehicles to raise public awareness of
· In response to a suggestion that Council provide containers and recycling facilities in the open spaces and parks especially in the summer the Executive Member for Environment and Transport indicated that this would be looked into.
In response to a question from a member of the
public on how many council tenants are eligible for the Mayor of
London’s Warmer Homes Scheme, the Executive Member for
Environment and Regeneration Scrutiny Committee advised that this
she would look into this issue and provide a written
1) That the report be noted.