Agenda item

Waste Communications Update

Minutes:

The Waste Projects and Compliance Officer provided the committee with a presentation on the waste communications update. The follow key points were highlighted:

 

·       Key issues to address were recycling contamination, side waste (excess refuse), stagnating recycling rates and low food waste recycling participation.

·       The key messages to educate and encourage members were outlined.

·       The waste communications team had been working on a key project regarding recycling contamination and a video had been produced gaining over 24k views.

·       The future projects and outcomes were outlined.

 

Following questions and comments the following was explained:

 

·       The Assistant Director (Operations) advised that government was reforming how recycling collection services are operated, part of these reforms included producers paying for recycling collection costs and not the tax payer.

·       The council were looking at a number of options regarding what additional services they could offer, such as glass collection and increasing the food waste collection to additional flats.

·       A lot had changed since the kerb side recycling service was introduced. The council was speaking with operators at sorting facilities to explore glass recycling, ensuring that materials were collected properly. Technology had changed and there was now the potential to add glass to the recycling service. However, they to ensure this was introduced in the right way.

·       It was advised that the issues with food waste could relate to households having the food container on the side and smells relating to the disposal of food waste. However, it was likely that these food containers would be emptied more frequently than the regular waste bins.

·       The Assistant Director (Operations) advised that the food bins were lockable, but they could speak with the supplier about alternative bins. It was important to have a balance between lockable, but quick and easy to empty for the staff.

·       The council supply recycling bags for properties who do not have refuse bins. The council could look at the option of selling them at a discounted price to residents who wanted them.

·       The Waste Projects and Compliance Officer informed members that there was a process for those with contaminated bins. When a bin cannot be collected due to contamination, the location will be logged in a system and a letter will be send the next working day to the resident explaining why their bin was not collected. If it was a second offence, waste management would knock at the address and speak with the resident. If there continues to be additional offences, the issue would then be escalated. As a last resort, there was the possibility that the recycling bin was removed altogether. However, the council were engaging with residents as it was often a case of misunderstanding whether an item, such as nappies, could be recycled.

·       The council also try to engage with local hospitals and maternity wards to inform caregivers that nappies cannot be recycled.

·       Residents cannot trade in their recycling bin and ask for an additional black bin. The provision for black bins was based upon the size of the household.

 

Cllr Emma Morley recommended that members visit the Brookvale depot as it was an insightful look into the work being undertaken.

 

The committee noted the report.

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