See attached report
Steven Thomas referred Committee to the report and advised that the data was only for the first ¾ of the year, but the chart was for the year 2017.
The following questions were raised by Committee and answered in detail by the Officers:-
· How many complaints are being received regarding the mess left on roadside following kerbside collection.
· What steps are being taken to encourage food recycling, do we anticipate this figure will increase and what enforcement action will be taken.
· Are members of the public aware the food recycling bags are free.
· Are there any plans/talks to move from fortnightly to three weekly or monthly collections.
· Do all Local Authorities follow the kerbside sort system Welsh Government collection blueprint.
· Should recycling that is dropped by refuse collectors be picked up.
· Are pets/animals eating left over food being used as a reason/excuse for not food recycling.
· Will the plastic recycling expand to include other plastic items.
· What is the eligibility criteria for obtaining a larger sized whellie bin.
· Do people complain and say their bins have not been collected when actually they haven’t put them out on time.
· How long do residents wait for new recycling bins/boxes/bags, how much is spent on replacing these and is it funded by Welsh Government.
· How are recycling collection routes monitored.
· Did the introduction of the Kerbside sort recycling system go out for public consultation.
· What other recycling systems are available in Wales and do you believe we are using the right system.
· What criteria will be used in deciding who receives these.
· What goes in the trolley boxes.
· Will residents have an option whether to use them or not.
· How many properties in the County Borough will be suitable to use these.
Civic Amenity Sites
· Clarification sought on the progress of civic amenity sites returning in-house.
· Have we decided on the rules and regulations regarding vans using the civic amenity sites.
· Will we be selling items from the civic amenity site like other Local Authorities.
· What happens to the content of private skips/how can we encourage the recycling of these materials.
· Have other Local Authorities who are ranked higher than us in the all wales table been contacted for best practice advice.
· Are we getting near to the amount in the clause whereby we will be fined by Viridor Energy, where is Trident Park and is there any financial benefit to us.
· Will the Welsh Government plastic bottle deposit scheme cause a detrimental financial effect.
· Where does the 400K income mentioned in the report go.
· What was the evaluation of the school education programme and has the engagement with the schools helped with littering.
· Clarification sought over the separated collection service from farms and the purchase of a new vehicle.
· What is the difference between items recycled, reused and composted.
· Have any Local Authorities had to pay the fines for not reaching their recycling targets.
· How do you account for the 10% increase in one year with regard to the Welsh Government recovery target and what are our targets for 2017/18.
· Do you have the figures for the full year with regard to the provisional recovery rate and are you concerned the recovery rate is lower than last year.
· Do you have a breakdown of recycling trends in different areas of the County Borough and can these be sent to Councillors.
· Are problems foreseen now that China has placed sanctions on plastic waste.
· How many staff work in a recycling and a refuse truck and why is there a difference.
· How many tonnes of cardboard do we collect/how much loss of income now that we do not receive £67 per tonne collected.
The content of the report be noted.