Agenda item

Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) Contract Procurement (Agenda item 16)

Report of Lynda Turner, Executive Member for Localism, Community and Environmental Services.

Minutes:

The Environmental Services Manager presented the report which concerned the consideration of future arrangements for the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) Contract.

 

Members were made aware that seven collection authorities had a consortium contract for a material recycling facility

 

The initial contract was for eight years which was extended for three years in 2011 to March 2014.

 

This report detailed the options post 2014 and asked that delegated responsibility was given to the Environmental Services Manager, the S106 Officer and the Executive Member for Environmental Services to make appropriate decisions on the options available for sorting and marketing of material up until the point that further approval was needed by Cabinet.

 

The approach for each of the options was explained.

 

Mr Cowen had concerns about the terminology used in the recommendation and asked that the word “appropriate” be removed.  He also queried the legal advice that he felt was contradictive.  Further to this and reading between the lines he asked whether there were any synergies between Breckland and South Holland.

 

The Chairman explained that another County would not be brought into the consortium.

 

Mr Bambridge did not know the answer but felt that any arrangement should be looked at carefully and in a very wide manner.  He further felt that Breckland Council should not go into this blindly and that such a decision should not be left to three people.  The Chairman pointed out that the final decision would be coming back to Cabinet for approval.

 

 

The type of waste collected in other areas was discussed.

 

The Chairman pointed out that all manner of recyclable options had been considered in the past.  In relation to glass he felt that glass-banks should be encouraged in villages so that Parish Councils received greater recycling credits.  As far as food waste was concerned, such collections in urban areas would work but in rural areas it would not as the amount of food waste collected would be outweighed by diesel costs.

 

The Vice-Chairman was quite happy with the bottle bank arrangements in towns and preferred this method of recycling rather than having to find space for another receptacle if collected.

 

Further discussion commenced about the significance of the MRF contract.

 

Options

 

1)           To give delegated responsibility to the Environmental Services Manager, the S151 Officer and the Executive Member for Environmental Services to make decisions on the options for the sorting and marketing of recyclable material.

 

2)           Not to give delegated responsibility to the Environmental Services Manager, the S151 Officer and the Executive Member for Environmental Services to make decisions on the options for the sorting and marketing of recyclable material.

 

Reasons

 

There were various options that needed further development before a final recommendation could be given to Members.  By giving delegated responsibility to the Environmental Services Manager, S151 Officer and Executive Member for Environmental Services would allow the development of these options to proceed in accordance with the Council’s Constitution, prior to a final report going through the necessary Committee process

 

RESOLVED that the Environmental Services Manager, S151 Officer and the Executive Member for Environmental Services be given delegated responsibility to make decisions on the options for the sorting and marketing of recyclable material, up until the point that further approval was required by Cabinet/Full Council as per the Council’s Constitution.