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Apologies for absence


There were no apologies for absence received. 


The Chair welcomed Councillor Jeremy Davies to the Committee.


Declarations of Interest (including whipping declarations)

Members are reminded of their personal responsibility to declare any personal and prejudicial interest in respect of matters contained in this agenda in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government and Finance Act 1992 relating to Council Tax, the Local Government Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members Code of Conduct




(a)  Members are reminded that they must identify the item number and subject matter that their interest relates to and signify the nature of the personal interest and


(b)  Where Members withdraw from a Meeting as a consequence of the disclosure of a prejudicial interest they must notify the Chair when they leave


No Declarations of Interest were made.


Recycling / Landfill (Performance) pdf icon PDF 125 KB

To consider the attached report


Steve Thomas presented the report to Committee providing an overview of recycling performance, where we were, where we are and where we want to be.


It was highlighted that the figure in 4.4 for 2017/18 was indicative and not yet confirmed.


The following questions were raised and responded to in detail by the Officers:-


·         Change in wood processor – how will this affect the figures and what happens to the 80% that is not recyclable


·         Has there been an increase in fly tipping since the introduction of smaller bins


·         What potential improvements can be made to increase recycling and encourage residents to recycle


·         Clarity sought on:-


-       whether the figures were local or national

-       improvements made since civic amenity sites back under control of local authority

-       correlation between the percentage, tonnage and cost

-       civic amenity site permits

-       feedback on trolley boxes/completion of scheme

-       difficult to recycle items - incontinence pads/nappies

-       fines issued to local authorities

-       potential efficiencies on recycling collection rounds

-       plastic film collection trial  

-       parks waste included in Waste Data Flow reporting

-       recycling of fly tipping

-       re-sale shop usage/location

-       vehicle breakdowns

-       revenue for non-contaminated compared to contaminated products

-       buyers to purchase recyclable materials

-       larger bin requests/follow up checks

-       number of houses per collection round


Committee thanked Steven Thomas for the detailed answers provided.


Resolved that:


a)    the content of this report be discussed and noted.


b)    the updated figures be provided to the Scrutiny Officer/Chair and brought back to Committee if necessary.


Environmental Enforcement Update pdf icon PDF 131 KB

To consider the attached report


Paul Jones led the Committee in detail through the Environmental Enforcement Update report.


The following questions/matters were raised by the Committee and responded to in detail by the Officers:


·         Is the decrease in fly tipping due to reduced number of incidents or decrease in reporting

·         Clearing of fly tipping and enforcement on private land

·         Serving of FPNs

·         Covert cameras

·         Stop and Search

·         Length of time taken for prosecutions


Resolved that:


a)    The scrutiny committee notes the content of this report.


Scrutiny Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 269 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:


The Chair referred the Committee to the Scrutiny Committee Work Programme report and the contents were noted.


Waste to provide update when their data is published late October 2018.




Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions


Following discussion the Chair advised that an invitation to attend Committee be sent to Victoria Slade at Merthyr Valleys Home.


Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair.


The Chair and the members reflected on the items discussed at the meeting.


Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair


The Chair deemed no other business was deemed urgent.


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