Venue: REMOTE MEETING - MICROSOFT TEAMS
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To consider the attached report
Stephen Thomas introduced the item to the committee and highlighted the salient points within the report.
The following questions were raised by the committee and responded to in detail by the officers in attendance.
· Paragraph 3.2 provides information relating to residual waste collected measured in kg/person – how is this worked out and do you take into consideration minors or just the adult population
· Is it a little unfair to include young children as it is normally left to the adult population to carry out the majority of the recycling
· In relation to table 3 of the report can you explain why there are no figures for the period September 2020 – March 2021, surely letters would have been sent out, don’t you keep a rolling figure and if so, why is it not included
· Paragraph 4.7 of the report refers to an exercise carried out in September last year to determine the recovery rate at schools. Can you confirm if all schools use the local authorities recycling service and if they don’t does that make it difficult to monitor recycling rates
· Are schools able to use outside contractors if they wish
· How are schools charged for the service
· What is being done to ensure that the schools meet their recycling targets, is there a member of staff who can carry out visits and inspections
· Is it possible for the new staff member to take on school visits
· Clarity was sought in relation to the figures included in Paragraph 5.2 of the report
· Can you confirm the total estimated decrease in the recovery rate when taking into consideration the issue outlined in paragraph 5.12
· Is it right that there is no other company in the UK that can take the carpets that are collected for recycling
· The report states that WRAP Cymru have identified through a study of benchmarking that we have low yields of dry recycling and higher residual waste arising compared to other Authorities. It is essential that these findings are shared with the committee when published to establish why we are not performing as well as surrounding authorities.
· The report mentions the introduction of Number Plate Recognition at Recycling sites, how do we deter trade waste at present
· Paragraph 7.4 states that our textiles contractor will be operating a school collection service from September called ‘Ragbag scheme’, can you give examples of the textiles that will be collected
· Is there any financial benefit to the authority from the ‘Ragbag Scheme’
· Paragraph 7.6 states that there is a change to legislation on trade textiles and WEEE collections, can you explain how the public will know what to do with these items
· When will these changes be implemented
· Is there a league table that could be presented to schools to challenge them to achieve better recycling results
· Can you please clarify what is meant by wood recycling will only count if it is sent to board manufacture
· Can you confirm that the Recycle on the Go bins mentioned in ... view the full minutes text for item 292.
To consider the attached report
It was agreed that no summary was required and the Chair agreed to go straight to questions.
The following questions were raised by the committee and were responded to in detail by the officers in attendance:
· Paragraph 1.2 refers to the data gathered as being anomalous due to the reduction in traffic movement, what are the reasons behind this and is it in relation to the lockdowns
· Has data collection been started this year or is it an on-going process
· What is period of time would give a true reflection of the data
· Is it right that next years report which covers 2021 data will not give a true reflection as we are still in the grips of the Pandemic
· Are you aware of any research being carried out by for example Public Health Wales in relation to the area in Twynyrodyn as vehicle pollution is a major issue at this moment in time. There may be individuals in the area who have health issues and the may not be aware that these issues are exacerbated or caused by air pollution
· Can you confirm if there has been any consideration for other traffic diversion schemes in the Town Centre to reduce traffic through the Pontmorlais area
· The report states data from periods 6-12 of 2019 shoed a 13.4% reduction of NO2, do we have the figures in relation to the total reduction in vehicle numbers for that period
· Has highways access been taken into account since the introduction of the new one way systems throughout Twynyrodyn
· Are the monitors in the right place to take into consideration the changes to the road layouts
The Chair thanked the officers for the report and their responses to the questions raised. It was stated that it is positive to see the data is going in the right direction which in turn will benefit public health.
To consider the attached report
The Chair provided an update in relation to the Forward Work Programme.
It was confirmed that the WRAP report will be brought to the next Committee meeting in November.
Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions
The Chair advised that there were no referrals, feedback or follow up actions.
Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting
To receive an update from the Chair.
The Chair and the Committee reflected on the matters that had been discussed at the meeting.
Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair
No other business was deemed urgent by the Chair, he thanked the members for their attendance and closed the meeting.