Hounslow Council


Agenda item

REG 307 - Waste and Recycling Service: Proposed Future Provision of the Service

Report by Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Environment.

Decision:

Resolved:

 

That the Cabinet agreed the recommendations as set out in the report:

 

  1. That the Cabinet agreed the following proposed changes to service provision set out in the report:

·        The Cabinet agreed the introduction of a fortnightly collection frequency for residual waste.

·        The Cabinet agreed the introduction of a charge for the collection of garden waste from April 2016 based on the collection of 240 litre wheeled bins on alternate weeks (with the residual waste service).

·        The Cabinet approved the policies at Appendix A and B of the report.

·        The Cabinet agreed to bring the service back under local authority control upon the termination of the current contract (which ends on 31 October 2016.

 

  1. That the Cabinet gave approval to begin the procurement process for:
    • A permanent collection fleet for the in-house service to provide the new waste and recycling service;
    • A temporary collection fleet for SITA to provide the new wheeled bin service until delivery of the new fleet;
    • A new ICT system to manage the new services;
    • To delegate authority to the Director of Regeneration, Economic Development and Environment (REDe) to negotiate and award the contracts, subject to compliance with the Council’s Contract Procedure Rules. The permanent fleet costs to be reported to November Cabinet prior to award of contract.

 

  1. That the Cabinet noted that further work was being carried out on the options for dry recycling, that is:

 

  • The introduction of a co-mingled recycling service based on the collection of 240 litre wheeled bins on alternate weeks (with the residual waste service).
  • The retention of a weekly kerbside sorted service based as currently provided.
  • The possible redevelopment of the council’s civic amenity site at Space Waye to improve service provision and allow the council to handle collected recycled materials for onward processing.
  • The options for the sale/processing of collected recyclables;
  • To agree the financial implications set out in the report with final costings being reported to Cabinet in December.

Minutes:

See the report by Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Environment – Agenda Item 3.

 

Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Environment, introduced the report which looked at options for the waste and recycling contract and how the authority might make savings. A working group had developed recommendations for options to put to Cabinet.

 

Paragraph 3.2.1 referred to the option to achieve a 50% recycling target by 2019.  Local authorities had been asked by central government to achieve the target by 2020 but the borough wished to achieve this sooner. The introduction of a new contract offered the opportunity to look at savings. There would be associated costs to reach the target but it was possible to realise some savings.

 

It was proposed to continue the weekly collection of food waste but to decrease the frequency of collection of residual waste, by which they were referring to everything which was not recyclable which would go in the black wheeled bins. Councillor Mann stressed the importance of increasing recycling rates. The local target set a date to achieve by 2019 but this had to be achieved at latest by 2020, otherwise the authority would incur government penalties.

 

Another option considered was the introduction of a charge for garden waste. This was currently a free service but something of a luxury given the severe financial cuts the authority faced. In proposing this, the authority had looked at the practice of neighbouring boroughs and identified that other boroughs did charge for the service. It was proposed to provide a bin at a charge of £50 per annum. However, there were alternative options for home composting for those residents who wished to pursue this, with the provision of a fee home composter and literature to support the process. Also the option of taking garden waste to Space Waye for free remained.

 

The report also considered the ICT requirements to run an improved new service and commercial waste charging. The intention was to achieve a new contract by November 2016 to bring the service back in house run either by the Council or as a Local Authority Company via Lampton 360. The details of how this would be achieved were to be worked out but a Local Authority Company was likely to achieve savings of £500,000.

 

There were other options still under consideration. For example, they were looking whether to retain a kerbside recycling collection with boxes and bags as now or look at co-mingled recycling with a wheeled bin. In considering this the latest information would be taken into account as would the likely cost and the need to be TEEP (Technically Environmentally and Economically Practicable) compliant.

 

There were options for the redevelopment of Space Waye as this was now looking a ‘tired’ facility with some health and safety issues. There were also issues to consider in respect of material sales. These were a part of the current contract whereby materials collected were sold by SITA resulting in a rebate to the Council of £800k. This would be lost if the co-mingled option for recycling was pursued. If the service was returned in house, there were issues to address about where what was collected would be housed as there were markets worldwide to recycle materials. There was a degree of risk in respect of the value of recycled materials and the level of sale achieved. There were also matters to consider in respect of the Bridge Road depot. Retaining a kerbside collection would require a larger fleet which the current Bridge Road depot would be too small to house. So another depot would need to be sought. If the co-mingled recycling approach was taken then the fleet could be housed within Bridge Road. Decisions on the depot would be made when it was decided whether to pursue a co-mingled or a kerbside approach.

 

Councillor Mann moved the recommendations of the report. These were seconded by the Chair.

 

Councillor Richard Foote welcomed the proposals in relation to garden waste which offered the alternative of bags rather than additional bins. This was important for areas such as Hanworth where small gardens would mean bins overlapping.

 

Councillor Ed Mayne advised that he was a member of the working group considering the issue. He paid tribute to the Deputy Leader and the officers servicing the group. There were lots of issues around this service and the financial circumstances were not ideal but he endorsed the report and believed that residents would see improvement in the service.

 

The recommendations had been moved and seconded. Members considered the report and all the issues and options contained therein and in conclusion the recommendations were agreed unanimously.

 

Resolved:

 

That the Cabinet agreed the recommendations as set out in the report:

 

  1. That the Cabinet agreed the following proposed changes to service provision set out in the report:

·        The Cabinet agreed the introduction of a fortnightly collection frequency for residual waste.

·        The Cabinet agreed the introduction of a charge for the collection of garden waste from April 2016 based on the collection of 240 litre wheeled bins on alternate weeks (with the residual waste service).

·        The Cabinet approved the policies at Appendix A and B of the report.

·        The Cabinet agreed to bring the service back under local authority control upon the termination of the current contract (which ends on 31 October 2016.

 

  1. That the Cabinet gave approval to begin the procurement process for:
    • A permanent collection fleet for the in-house service to provide the new waste and recycling service;
    • A temporary collection fleet for SITA to provide the new wheeled bin service until delivery of the new fleet;
    • A new ICT system to manage the new services;
    • To delegate authority to the Director of Regeneration, Economic Development and Environment (REDe) to negotiate and award the contracts, subject to compliance with the Council’s Contract Procedure Rules. The permanent fleet costs to be reported to November Cabinet prior to award of contract.

 

  1. That the Cabinet noted that further work was being carried out on the options for dry recycling, that is:

 

  • The introduction of a co-mingled recycling service based on the collection of 240 litre wheeled bins on alternate weeks (with the residual waste service).
  • The retention of a weekly kerbside sorted service based as currently provided.
  • The possible redevelopment of the council’s civic amenity site at Space Waye to improve service provision and allow the council to handle collected recycled materials for onward processing.
  • The options for the sale/processing of collected recyclables;
  • To agree the financial implications set out in the report with final costings being reported to Cabinet in December.

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