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Options for Increasing the Recycling Rate

Meeting: 08/06/2010 - Cabinet (Item 58)

58 Options for Increasing the Recycling Rate (Agenda item 7) pdf icon PDF 94 KB

Report of the Executive Member for the Environment & Recycling Portfolio (Lady K Fisher).

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The Environmental Services Manager presented the report which provided Members with further information and detail concerning the range of options for increasing the NI192 score (recycling and composting) and decreasing the NI191 score (the amount of residual household waste per household).  The report also included an update on progress following the Executive Board meeting of November 2009.


The Executive Member for the Environment and Recycling Portfolio congratulated the Environmental Services Team for working very hard in reviewing the Council’s recycling strategy.


The Environmental Services Manager summarised the report which set out a range of options and the cost implications against the benefits of the Council’s waste profile.  He emphasised that whilst Norfolk County Council’s Waste PFI contract was in the midst of being prepared, and was beyond Breckland Council’s control, this was not the time to invest in any large programmes.  It was about making the most of what the Council already had, without making any compromises.


Attention was drawn to Appendix B of the report which highlighted the amount of recycling credits paid to Community Groups.  In the financial year 2009/10, in excess of £24,000 in recycling credits had been paid to local community groups across the district as part of this scheme. The Environmental Services Team was continuing to seek opportunities to expand the network of recycling banks and a number of Parish Councils had been contacted since January 2010 with a view to identifying suitable sites.


A Member announced that Bawdeswell Parish Council had been very pleased with its recycling credits received and was more than happy to encourage its parishioners to increase their recycling rates.


Referring to Option 2, a kerbside glass collection service, Members were informed that there was a public desire to have such a service but with the economic climate at an all time low, it would not be cost effective and would not make that much difference to the recycling rates.


The Executive Member for the Transformation Portfolio queried Option 4 of the report, reducing residual waste, which he felt could have a negative impact on the Council’s income.  He asked if the Environmental Services Team had thought about the risk to the Council and whether anything would be put in place to mitigate this.


In response, Members were informed that Breckland Council had approached and was working very closely with Serco about increasing recyclable materials and reducing the amount of contamination.  Long term solutions were being sought.


The Executive Member added that he had recently read a paper on down-cycling.  Down-cycling was a process which converted waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of a lesser quality and reduced functionality.  He felt that everyone would eventually have to consider this new process and suggested taking this up with Norfolk County Council.


The Environmental Services Manager agreed and pointed out that the recycling arena was changing; future emphasis would be to extract value rather than focusing on recycling rates.


A Member felt that the Council should concentrate on educating  ...  view the full minutes text for item 58