Agenda and draft minutes

Cleaner Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday, 4th March, 2020 1.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Hanbury Road, Pontypool, NP4 6YB

Contact: Rachel Beale  Senior Business Support Officer - Democratic Services

Items
No. Item

1.

Welcome & Apologies / Croeso ac Ymddiheuriadau

Minutes:

1.1       Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Stuart Ashley, Giles Davies, Gaynor James and Neil Waite.

2.

Declarations of Interest / Datganiadau o Fuddiant

Minutes:

2.1       There were no interests declared.  

3.

Minutes - 22/01/2020 / Cofnodion - 22/01/2020 pdf icon PDF 422 KB

Minutes:

3.1       The minutes of the meeting held on 22nd January 2020 were confirmed as an accurate record.

4.

Action Sheet / Taflen Weithredu pdf icon PDF 99 KB

Minutes:

4.1         Members noted the action sheet.

 

5.

Recycling and Waste - Modernising our service / Ailgylchu a Gwastraff - Moderneiddio ein gwasanaeth pdf icon PDF 573 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

5.1       The Chair welcomed the Head of Waste Support from the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) to the meeting.

 

5.2         The Head of Waste Support gave an introduction, explaining his role and what it involved commenting on the following:

  • As part of his role he manages the Waste Improvement Programme, which involves collecting a range of data from Local Authorities in relation to waste services.
  • The data collected includes finance data, to enable Councils to understand how they were performing in comparison to other Local Authorities.
  • The WLGA also produces guidance to support Local Authorities and have recently produced enforcement guidance.

 

5.3         Members asked a series of questions and the Head of Waste Support gave the following responses:

  • Welsh Government have an ambition of zero waste by 2050, in order to reach that recycling targets have to increase and the recycling target for Local Authorities was approaching 70%. The WLGA have had discussions with Welsh Government explaining that on occasions there were a range of aspects which were beyond the control of Local Authorities that would prevent them reaching the ever increasing targets. For example the fibre market recently collapsed and some Local Authorities in Wales have had to pay reprocessors to remove their cardboard. The WLGA felt that the target should be kept under review, whilst ensuring that Wales has the reproducing facilities to take the material and that there was also a market for that material.
  • The public were now more alive to the issues surrounding plastic and were more interested in recycling than before which would hopefully help Wales on the path to zero waste.
  • The UK Government have launched a consultation on a new Environment Act which would hopefully help reduce non-recyclable material being produced by the industry and given to consumers.
  • Within the act there was a proposal for a deposit return scheme. There were a number of benefits to the scheme such as a reduction in litter in bottles and cans, however it would more than likely just remove the materials from the Local Authority collection system in to another system.
  • The act also proposed the introduction of an Extended Producers’ Responsibility (EPR). Currently producers paid approximately 10% of the cost of collection of recycling services across the UK, however the introduction of the new EPR scheme would see companies that were producing non-recyclable packaging paying a higher fee. The fee would then be given to the Local Authorities directly from the industry to pay for collection services and should lead to sustainable local services and a reduction in non-recyclable packaging.
  • The Welsh Government had been promoting the EPR for a number of years and had been lobbying the UK Government to implement it, as it was not pragmatic to implement solely for Wales due to the large land border with England and the free movement of goods across that border.
  • Welsh Government had commissioned work a number of years ago to look at waste services to try and form a view on what  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Item for Next Meeting / Eitem ar gyfer y Cyfarfod Nesaf

Minutes:

6.1       The topic for the next meeting would be the development of a litter and fly tipping strategy.

 

6.2       The Senior Improvement & Scrutiny Officer informed Members that the development of a litter and fly tipping strategy was due to be discussed in November last year and at that time the committee agreed to invite a number of invitees to attend, including a resident who was an active volunteer within the borough and a representative from Keep Wales Tidy and asked whether they wished to invited them to the next meeting.

         

           There had recently been a change in Executive Members and Councillor Cross who was the relevant Executive Member at the time instigated the implementation of the strategy and was very keen to attend the next meeting, the Senior Improvement & Scrutiny Officer asked Members their views on this given that the new Executive Member would still be fairly new to the department.

 

           Members were keen for the volunteer and representative from Keep Wales Tidy to be invited to the next meeting, however had reservations with inviting the previous Executive Member and felt that Councillor Owen should be invited as the current portfolio holder.

 

7.

Date of Next Meeting -19/03/2020 / Dyddiad y Cyfarfod Nesaf - 19/03/2020

Minutes:

7.1       The next meeting was scheduled to take place on Thursday 19th March 2020.